Pearls of the Deep

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Five directors team up for this drama that strings the stories together in one 105-minute Czech feature. "Mr. Baltazar's Death" is directed by Jiri Menzel. Jan Nemec directs "The Imposters" in which two elderly men nearing death keep themselves alive by telling each other lies about their careers. In Elward Schorm's "The House Of Happiness," an insurance agent flees from the home of an eccentric painter when he believes his mother is a witch. In "The Snack Bar," directed by Vera Chvtilova, a young woman's body is found after she has committed suicide. The final feature, "Romance" directed by Jaromi Jires, involves a young man having an affair with a carefree gypsy woman before she returns to her traveling tribe. The feature marks the emergence of five young directors who show that Czechoslovakia has made leaps and bound in the quality and technical aspects of filmmaking as of 1965. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Ferdinand Kruta
as Father ["Mr. Balrazar's Death"]
Alois Vachek
as Baltazar ["Mr. Balrazar's Death"]
Ivan Vyskocil
as Agent ["Mr. Balrazar's Death"]
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Critic Reviews for Pearls of the Deep

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  • Generally anarchist and scaldingly farcical, the films look totalitarian life square in the eye, but they're also living testaments to the era's lovable, grungy Euro-slacker esprit.

    Apr 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Two episodes (Jiri Menzel's, about an eccentric and ageing quartet watching a motor-cycle race, and Jan Nemec's, about two old men in hospital and the lies they tell each other) are fascinating.

    Apr 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Usually omnibus films are uneven affairs, but "Pearls of the Deep" is a gem of a sampler of 1960's Czech filmmaking.

    Apr 25, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pearls of the Deep

An anthology of adaptations of the short stories of Bohumil Hrabal by the young directors of the Czech New Wave. Suffers from the unevenness inherent in all omnibus films; unfortunately, the two opening segments (about some death-obssesed racing fans and two old men at a nursing home) are pointless. The better installments involve a crazy man who paints every inch of his house, a surreal story of an artist who may be a serial killer, and an unlikely romantic encounter between a fiery Gypsy teenager and a timid young plumber's apprentice.

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