Pearls of the Deep (1966)
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Critic Reviews for Pearls of the Deep
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.
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.
Usually omnibus films are uneven affairs, but "Pearls of the Deep" is a gem of a sampler of 1960's Czech filmmaking.
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.