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2 Aug 2019 - 15 Aug 2019

JURAJ HERZ: IN AND OUT OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE

Comeback Company and Metrograph announce Juraj Herz: In and Out of the Czechoslovak New Wave, the premiere of the first comprehensive touring retrospective of the king of genre film Juraj Herz (1934-2018), August 2-15.

 

Comeback Company and Metrograph announce Juraj Herz: In and Out of the Czechoslovak New Wave, the premiere of the first comprehensive touring retrospective of the king of genre film Juraj Herz (1934-2018), August 2-15. 

The retrospective runs concurrently with the Janus Films release of the new digital restoration of THE CREMATOR, presented in North American premiere at Metrograph, New York, August 9-15. The brand-new restoration celebrates its world premiere on June 29 at the venerable Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where director Herz received a lifetime achievement award in 2010. 

The singular career of the prolific film director and occasional actor Juraj Herz is without parallel in the context of the cinema emerging from Czechoslovakia starting in the mid 1960s. He was a breed apart and decidedly a filmmaker of excess—in his visual style and art direction, as well as in the abundance of horror and eroticism in his genre-bending dark comedies, fairy tales, and dramas. Under the surface of genre, he smuggled in clear-eyed and engaged social and political commentary, while attaining the heights in his mastery of the formal language of cinema. 

Born in 1934 in Kežmarok (now the Slovak Republic), Herz entered the Prague scene at the same time as the core group of filmmakers of the Czechoslovak New Wave, but never truly considered himself one of them. But even if he personally operated on its margins, his most important film, the psychological horror THE CREMATOR, and a number of his other works, fall squarely among the best films of the Wave and address the same issues. This led censors to intervene often, but being one of the most bankable film directors in the country assured him work, apart from a few brief spells, throughout his career (he emigrated to Munich in the late 1980s, then returned in 1995). 

His penchant for the macabre, his gothic style, and his examination of the underbelly of the human psyche made Herz a darling of the fantasy and horror film scene, and in the past couple of decades his films have achieved cult status among genre film geeks in Europe and the U.S. alike. 

Read the full notes on the director here

This retrospective of seven feature-length programs includes archival 35mm film prints (the Gothic drama MORGIANA, 1972, and the harrowing CAUGHT BY NIGHT, 1985) from the collection of the Czech National Film Archive as well as four newly translated works (the Palme d’Or contender OIL LAMPS, 1971, and the horror classic FERAT VAMPIRE, 1981, among others).

For the full line up visit HERE.

After premiering at Metrograph in August, the series will continue on in variations to tour North America through late Spring 2020. The touring venues to be announced. 

The touring retrospective is produced by Comeback Company. Curated by Irena Kovarova. Originated at the Metrograph, New York. Films provided by the Czech National Film Archive and První veřejnoprávní. Film stills courtesy of Czech National Archive, photo portrait © Miloš Fikejz. Film notes: Metrograph/Nick Pinkerton.

Venue:

Metrograph Cinema

Date

From: 2 Aug 2019
To: 15 Aug 2019

Organizer:

Comeback Company


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