Larks on a String / Skřivánci na niti


“Larks on a String,“ is a legendary Czechoslovak movie, winning the Golden Bear at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival, directed by the awarded director Jiri Menzel. It is based on a short story written by Bohumil Hrabal. Even though, the movie was captured in 1969, it was banned by the Communist regime and released in 1990 after the Velvet Revolution.

The plot of the film unfolds in a steel re-processing factory in the industrial town of Kladno. The Communist belief was that the considered bourgeois would be transformed by manual labour into obedient communists. This brigade of “political offenders” (businessmen, intellectuals, and people in the religious faith) were working in conditions close to slavery beside women from a nearby prison, who were caught for their attempted escape from the republic.

The whole film is a mixture of paradoxical, sometimes grotesque, sometimes lyrical situations. It mirrors Hrabal’s effort to transmit to the reader/viewer a thrill of inexhaustibility and the beauty of life, whilst overcoming even the worst obstacles in a time of ruthless and deceitful dictatorship. The movie embodies the refusal of the human spirit to conform and bend.

So, anyone who has not seen the film yet or who wants to simply remind themselves of the era, come and watch with us how it all ends. Let’s find out why this movie was placed in a safe and banned for over two decades.

About the Director

Jirí Menzel was born on February 23, 1938 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is an actor and director, known for I Served the King of England (2006), Larks on a String (1990) and Shortcuts(1981). He has been married to Olga Menzelová-Kelymanová since 2004. 


1990, 94 min
Category: Comedy – Drama – Romance

The Backlot Perth |  Wednesday | 21 NOV | 6:30 PM

Rating: 15+


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About the Film

Jiří Menzel

Bohumil Hrabal, Jiří Menzel


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