Described by Zeman as a ‘pseudo-historical’ film, this bold anti-war black comedy following the adventures of a ploughboy and a mercenary, press-ganged into service on the battlefields of the devastating Thirty Years’ War of 1618 – 1648.
This film, a combining live action and animation, follows Petr (Petr Kostka), a young farmer who is forced to fight during the Thirty Years’ War in 17th-century Europe. Together with his new friends, Petr experiences the real horror of war while desperately trying to avoid being killed.
Co-scripted by Pavel Jurácek, this startlingly inventive film emerges as a sharp satire on war, human nature and of the way we perceive history itself.
Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman is recognised as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema for his innovative combination of live-action and animation, along with the use of ingenious special effects. His work has influenced filmmakers from Jan Švankmajer to Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam to the Quay Brothers and Wes Anderson.
In Czech with English subtitles
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