The Party and the Guests (O slavnosti a hostech)
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Type: DVD 9
Length: 68 Min + 12 Min Extras
TV System: Pal
Extras: see Text
Label: Second Run
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.
- 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.
"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