The Party and the Guests Boxshot
The Party and the Guests
Czechoslovakia 1966
Length / Main Feature: 68 minutes
Length / Special Feature: 12 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Black & White 1.33:1 full frame
Language: Czech
buySubtitles: English On/Off
PAL R0  RRP: £12.99
Release Date: 19 March 2007
Distinguished by being 'banned forever' in its native Czechoslovakia, Němec's film is a masterpiece of barbed, darkly sinister wit. As a biting satire of authoritarianism and conformity and with its astute observations of human nature, the film's universal relevance continues to this day.

Considered the most politically dangerous film made during the short flowering of Czech cinema in the 1960's, this is its first-ever release on DVD.

more about the film
The Party and the Guests Stills
Special Features
- Newly filmed appreciation by author/film programmer Peter Hames.

- New digital transfer with restored image and sound.

- New and improved English subtitle translation.

- Booklet featuring a new Essay by writer/DVD producer Michael Brooke.

- Image Gallery.

Main Cast and Crew
Jana Pracharová - Blonde hostess at picnic
Pavel Bosek - Frantisek
Karel Mares - Karel
Helena Pejsková - Marta
Zdena Skvorecká - Eva
Jiri Němec - Josef
Evald Schorm - Husband of the blonde hostess
Jan Klusák - Rudolf
Ivan Vyskocil - the 'Host'
Josef Skvorecký - a Guest

Directed by Jan Němec

Screenplay - Ester Krumbachová and Jan Němec
Producers - Jan Procházka and Erich Svabik
Cinematography - Jaromir Soför
Production Design and Art Direction - Oldrich Bosák
Music - Karel Mares

"An acute piece of historical fore-sight, and a marvellous idea" - Time Out

"An extraordinary allegory.evocative of Kafka or Dostoevsky"- International Film Guide

Voted as one of the best films of the 1960's by the New York Times critics

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