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Larks on a String (1969/1990)

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Larks on a String

Jiří Menzel | Czechoslovakia | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 9 Oct 2024

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Shot on the heels of the Prague Spring and subsequently banned by the Czechoslovak government, Menzel’s pointed political satire was finally released after the fall of the Communist government in late 1989, winning the Golden Bear at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival. Adapted from a novel by acclaimed Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, and set in the 1950s, it follows a group of political dissidents sent to be re-educated by working in a scrap metal yard, where dark humour is mined from a bleak reality. With Rudolf Hrušínský (The Cremator) and Vlastimil Brodský.

Presented in partnership with the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia.

Format: DCP
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: National Film Archive in Prague
Runtime: 94 mins

Event duration

94 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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