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The White Dove (1960)

Cast: Gustav Püttjer, Gustav Püttjer, Katerina Irmanova, more...
Director: Frantisek Vlacil, Frantisek Vlacil
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Studio: Facets
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Czech
Running Time: 67 min.
Subtitles: English
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This is a poignant, beautifully photographed drama meant for the tender-hearted, and for people who especially love animals and young children. A first-time effort for Czech director Frantisek Vlacil the story about a boy and a white carrier pigeon may also be slow-going and old-fashioned to many viewers. The homing pigeon was en route to its base on an island when it was injured and sought shelter on a rooftop in Prague. Right under that rooftop is an invalid little boy who sees the bird and is not only moved by its disabling injury, but is determined to do something about it. As the two beings establish a friendship of sorts, the boy goes about the task of caring for the bird -- with touching results that are both realistic and patently melodramatic. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

What? by jmwagner66 March 20, 2012 - 5:38 PM PDT
I understand that is is probably an important film and I can see why. But still...what the heck was I thinking when I put it in my queue? Oh right...I saw it in a textbook about films.
I like offbeat and foreign and slow, but this was further off the beat, extremely foreign and despite being only 67 minutes, felt like it was taking place on a geologic time scale. If you enjoy the nouvelle vague films and czech films, then you can probably appreciate this flick as well. It is interesting to see how Czech film industry and sensibilities developed in directions very different from countries on my side of the iron curtain.

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