- Loves of a Blonde (1965). Miloš Forman's breakout film, at least as far as Czech audiences were concerned. A story of relations between men and women is shot through with social critique without ever becoming didactic.
- Closely Observed Trains (1966). Jirí Menzel's satirical tale of a young man struggling to lose his virginity while the Europe burns around him won an Oscar as Best Foreign Film.
- Daisies (1967). Vera Chytilová's absolutely unique comedy remains a GreenCine favorite. Back in 2002, dpowers wrote, "With the energy of Keaton, the sass of Firemen's Ball, and the crazy personality of its two heroines, this is my current all-time favorite movie."
- Alice (1988). If you were trying to explain to someone what "surreal" means, could you do any better than suggest, "Imagine a Jan Švankmajer version of Alice in Wonderland"?
- Divided We Fall (2000). Jan Hrebejk's black comedy "has a lot more bite and a lot more clout than movies twice its size," wrote Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian.
- The White Dove (1960). František Vlácil's poetic tale of a boy who befriends a white carrier pigeon, beautifully rendered in black and white.
- Shop on Main Street (1965). Ján Kádar and Elmar Klos's story of Tono, charged with keeping an eye on a button shop run by an elderly Jewish woman in a German-occupied Slovak town is "filled with so many perfectly realized scenes, and so much lovingly observed human interaction, that it reminds us of the kind of honesty the best movies can achieve," wrote Matthew Kennedy in Bright Lights Film Journal.
- Intimate Lighting (1966). We look forward to the appearance of Ivan Passer's gentle tale of two musicians on DVD.
- The Fireman's Ball (1967). Miloš Forman's last film before restarting his career in the US is a "wicked little trifle," writes Sam Adams in the Philadelphia City Paper: "It's so swift, in fact, that you may not realize how deep it's cut."
- Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973). Václav Vorlícek's retelling of the classic fairy tale.
Further reading (and sources)
- Peter Hames, The Czechoslovak New Wave.
- Peter Hames (ed.), Dark Alchemy: The Films of Jan Švankmajer.
- Peter Hames (ed.), The Cinema of Central Europe.
- Dina Iordanova, Cinema of the Other Europe: The Industry and Artistry of East Central European Film.
- Miloš Forman (and Jan Novak): Turnaround: A Memoir.
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