Thursday, February 19,
Lindley Hall 102
Otakar Vávra: Witches’ Hammer (1969)
Coming from a country rich in experimental, absurdist, surrealist-tinged and fantastic cinema, the film Kladivo na čarodějnice is a surprisingly formalist and unambiguous comment on life under a totalitarian regime. Based on actual transcripts of Moravia’s witch-trials during the period 1667-1695, it is a philosophical meditation presenting the Church as an inherently corrupt
bureaucracy ossified by constricting dogma. Timeless metaphor for any worldly apparatus designed to steamroller over the human spirit. A humanist horror film and an indisputable work of art, Witches’ Hammer drives its point home with a cold, methodical rhythm that has weathered the test of time more successfully than many of its modish, pop-centric contemporaries. (from Andrew Leavold’s article)
In Czech with English subtitles. 103 mins.
Introduced by Professor Bronislava Volková
Light refreshments served by the students from the Czech Club