Adelheid Boxshot
Czechoslovakia, 1969
Length: 98 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Language: Czech and German
Subtitles: English On/Off
Region 0
RRP: £12.99
buyRelease Date: 23rd Aug 2010
Second Run DVD 041
The first colour film by Czech master František Vláčil (director of the dazzling The Valley of the Bees and Marketa Lazarová), Adelheid is a tragic love story, a controversial and emotional tale of two lovers trapped in the march of history.

Set in the aftermath of WWII, the film charts the relationship between Viktor, a Czech airman returning home who is assigned a large Sudetenland mansion on the Czech-German border, and Adelheid, daughter of the former Nazi owner, who is allocated to him as a servant. Adelheid and Viktor are gradually attracted to each other and although neither speaks the other's language, they begin a tentative - but doomed - affair.

A compelling love story that transcends the absence of verbal communication highlighting the pain of a country in defeat, Adelheid was also the first film to controversially address the Czech treatment of German's during the expulsions of the mid-1940's.

more about the film

Adelheid Stills
Special Features
• Presented in a new digital transfer with restored picture and sound.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Booklet featuring essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.

Petr Čepek - Viktor Chotovický
Emma Černá - Adelheid
Jan Vostrčil – Hejna
Pavel Landovský – Jindra
Alžběta Frejková - Old German woman
Jana Krupičková - Girl
Lubomír Tlalka - Karlík

Directed by František Vláčil

Screenplay – Vladimír Körner and František Vláčil
Adapted from the novel by Vladimír Körner
Cinematography – František Uldrich
Art Direction - Jindřich Goetz
Costume Design - Theodor Pištěk
Music - J.S. Bach, Johann Strauss the younger, arranged by Zdeněk Liška
Editing - Miroslav Hájek
Sound - František Fabián

"Vláčil was, with just a handful of films to prove it, the Czech New Wave's formalist, post-expressionist wrecking ball, their Welles, their Paradjanov" Village Voice

"Provides a profound analysis of the human distortions caused by ideology" Peter Hames, Central Europe Review

Related Titles
František Vláčil's visually poetic masterpieces Marketa Lazarová and The Valley of the Bees are also available from Second Run DVD.

Marketa Lazarová The Valley of the Bees

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