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18 YEAR-OLD MELANIE JULIANO’S SHORT FILM “100 LIKES” (3 minutes, 11 seconds) has been chosen as one of the finalists in the ‘Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Film Festival’ to be held at Fort Lee High School on November 8th. We are all so proud of her!!!!
Available in HD! My submission to the Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Film Festival.
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Note:  This review of the Czech masterpiece ‘Marketa Lazarova” is the nineteenth in the ongoing Allan Fish Bonanza Encore series.  I considers a film Allan has championed for a number of years dating back to the time when he led a petition drive well before it was eventually released by Second Run and then on blu-ray by Criterion.  It is my own choice among Allan’s reviews for this series, and like its subject is spectacular  -S.J.

by Allan Fish

(Czechoslovakia 1967 162m) DVD2

Do not be an animal

p  Josek Ouky  d  Frantisek Vlácil  w  Frantisek Vlácil, Frantisek Pavlicek  novel  Vladislav Vancura  ph  Bedrich Batka  ed  Miroslav Hajek  m  Zdenek Liska  art  Oldrich Okác  cos  Theodor Pistek  sound  Frantisek Fabian

Josek Kemr (Kozlik), Magda Vásáryová (Marketa Lazarova), Nada Hejna (Katerina), Jaroslav Moucka (Jan), Frantisek Velecký (Mikolas), Karel Vasikek (Jiri), Pavla Polaskova (Alexandra), Ivan Palúch, Václáv Sloup, Martin Mrasek,

In the 1964 epic The Fall of the Roman Empire there is a wonderful funeral scene in the snow on the German frontier where you really could “hear the Gods laughing.”  If the Gods of Rome were still around in the 13th century, they would doubtless weep at the goings on here.  Yet as one old crone, as she is called, says, “weeping is the gift of relief.  Men do not know it.”  Here men are animals, no different to any other creature that hunts in packs, but his prey are stray travellers, to satisfy his lust for money and women.  This is a medieval world like no other.  If you thoughtThe Lion in Winter or The War Lord were stark, you’re about to get a rude awakening.  The film may have been influenced by Bergman, Dreyer and Jancsó, but it’s bleaker than any of them.  As the opening narration tells us, “our tale takes place during a savage winter with frosts as passionate as Christianity at the time.”  So frozen are the wastelands depicted that one half expects the screen to freeze over completely.  The huge snow-covered trees may look Christmassy, but these are not mere tannenbaums, but living wooden statues marking time, crying like weeping willows.  Even the wolves stand back here and let the humans get on with it, knowing there will be enough corpse meat to last them through the winter.  Death really is a steady diet here. (more…)

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