Larks On A String (UK-import) (DVD)

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Shot in 1968 whilst Czechoslovakia enjoyed a brief moment of political liberalization, Larks on a String is a searing political comedy from director Jir(í Menzel and writer Bohumil Hrabal. Like their earlier Oscar-winning triumph Closely Observed Trains, it audaciously combines black humour with grim reality. Set in a scrap metal yard where political dissidents are interned for 're-education', the film is both a powerful critique of totalitarianism and a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.

By the time Larks on a String was completed, the Soviet invasion had restored a repressive Communist regime. The film was promptly banned and remained unseen until 1990, when it was finally released to great acclaim winning the grand prize at the Berlin Film Festival that year.


  • Jiri Menzel: 7 Questions – an idiosyncratic reflection on the film and its history, newly shot by the director specially for this DVD release.
  • Booklet featuring and a new extended essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames and an introduction by DoP Jaromír Šofr.


Produksjonsår 1969 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 - Import Sjanger Dramakomedie
Antall disker 1 Spilletid 1 timer 30 minutter
Aldersgrense 15 Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Tjekkisk) Bildeformater Widescreen 1.66:1 Anamorphic
Regissør Jiri Menzel Skuespillere Jitka Zelenohorska, Rudolf Hrusínský, Vaclav Neckar, Vlastmil Brodsky
Bestillingsnummer SECONDRUN057 Leverandør Gardners