A minor Czech clan falls afoul of the King in medieval times, against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism.
Czechoslovakia/ Fic/ 1967/ 162 min
Director: František Vláčil
Producer: Josef Ouzký
Scriptwriter: František Pavlíček, František Vláčil
Director of photography: Beda Batka
Editor: Miroslav Hájek
Music: Zdeněk Liška
Cast: Magda Vášáryová, Josef Kemr, František Velecký
Czech director Frantisek Vlacil was best known for his feature Marketa Lazarova, which in 1998 was named the greatest Czech film of all time in a poll of critics and filmmakers. Born in 1924, Vlacil began his career in puppet animation, and made a number of educational and training films before directing his first feature in 1960, Holubice (The White Dove). Despite the wide acclaim of Marketa Lazarova, Vlacil was banned from making feature films through much of the 1970s; he instead focused on making short subjects for children. In 1979, he was permitted to return to feature filmmaking, and released his final film, Mag (The Magician), in 1988. Vlacil died in Prague in 1999.