FRUIT OF PARADISE
OVOCE STROMU RAJSKÝCH JÍME
1970, 99 min, Czechoslovakia/Belgium, Dir: Věra Chytilová

A Palme d'Or nominee at Cannes, this striking feature would be writer-director Chytilová’s last for several years in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Prefaced with an experimental sequence in which colorfully treated images of Eden wash over the screen, the film tells a tale of temptation in which Eva (Jitka Nováková) and her husband visit a health spa, where she becomes fascinated by the mysterious Robert (Jan Schmid) – who may actually be a killer.


WOLF’S HOLE
VLCI BOUDA
1987, 92 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Věra Chytilová

In writer-director Věra Chytilová’s subversive spin on 1980s sci-fi/horror, a group of teenagers are invited to a skiing workshop at an isolated lodge, where their camp counselors seem bent on pitting them against one another. Political overtones of the Czech normalization period are certainly present, though genre fans will likely be too spellbound by the mounting psychological terror to notice. Aided by inventive camera work and a standout performance from Radka Slavíková as teen Emilka, WOLF’S HOLE is sure to get under your skin.


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1989)
1989, Park Circus/MGM, 95 min, USA/UK/Hungary, Dir: Dwight H. Little

“Only love and music are forever.” NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET star Robert Englund dons the phantom’s mask for a big-screen adaptation of the famed Gaston Leroux novel that hews closer to the horror of the original than the romance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. An accident during an audition transports 1980s Juilliard student Christine Day (Jill Schoelen) back to 19th-century London, where a horribly disfigured antihero who haunts an aging opera house becomes infatuated with her. With Alex Hyde-White, Bill Nighy and Molly Shannon (in her film debut).


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