Larks On a String, DVD


Czech filmmaker Jiri Menzel directs this comedy drama set in a labour camp in 1950s Communist-run Prague.

The film tells the stories of the various characters interned in the labour camp-cum-scrapyard, who have been deemed counter-revolutionary and 'bourgeois' by the Czech government and are now forced to spend their days sorting out piles of scrap metal for the purposes of 're-education'.

As they toil, the workers - who include a literature professor, a public prosecutor, a dairyman, a saxophonist, a barber and a cook - philosophise and flirt amid the detritus of industrial society.

Although shot in 1969, the film was banned by the Czech government until the fall of the Communist regime in 1990.


  • Format: DVD
  • Region: 2
  • Certification: (15)
  • EAN: 5060114150515
  • Catalogue number: SECONDRUN057
  • Studio: Second Run
  • Release date:
  • Genre: Drama
  • Colour: Colour


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