|THE WHITE DOVE (HOLUBICE) (director/writer: Frantisek Vlacil; screenwriter: Pavel Kopta; cinematographer: Jan Curik; editor: Miroslav Hájek; music: Zdenek Liska; cast: Katerina Irmanovová (Susanne), Anna Pitasová (Michal's Mother), Vjaceslav Irmanov (Michal's Father), Karel Smyczek (Michal), Václav (Vjačeslav) Irmanov (Martin, the painter); Gustav Püttjer (old Kohout); Hans Peter Reinecke (Ulli), František Kovářík (old pigeon fancier), Ladislav Fialka (fool); Jiří Patočka (French worker), Vladimír Erlebach (Pierre); Petr and Pavel Kocandové (Twins); Runtime: 76; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Antonín Bedřich; Facets Video; 1960-Czechoslovakia-in Czech with English subtitles)|
example of early Czech New Wave."
by Dennis Schwartz
debut feature of the talented Czech director
Frantisek Vlacil ("The Valley of the
Bees") is a quality, sparse, slow-going lyrical
experimental film, in the manner of a fable, done in
glorious black and white. It's co-written by Vlacil
and Pavel Kopta.
tells of the wheel-chair bound adolescent, the hi-rise
dwelling Prague resident Michal (Karel Smyczek),
who insensitively shot down a carrier pigeon with his
air-gun and with his father's (Vjaceslav
Irmanov) help nurses it back to
health. Martin (Václav Irmanov),
the boy's neighbor, is an artist who was sketching the
carrier pigeon, coming from Belgium, before it was
shot down and completes the sketch to give to the boy
as a reminder of what he has done and thereby gets him
to track down the route the pigeon was taking so after
the bird is restored to health he can be returned to
its rightful owner.
the young blonde Susanne (Katerina
Irmanovová ), the crushed owner
of the carrier pigeon, is living as a free-spirit on
the German island of Fehmarn, in the Baltics.
White Dove is a fine example of early Czech New Wave.
It's a pic about freedom, that features
metaphor over literalism and powerfully tell its fable
with images over dialogue.
REVIEWED ON 12/4/2013 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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