1981, Sony Repertory, 149 min, West Germany, Dir: Wolfgang Petersen

Adapted by Petersen from the 1973 German novel 'Das Boot' by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, this riveting war film stars Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer and Klaus Wennermann in the fictional story of a U-96 and its crew patrolling the waters during World War II. From the excitement of battle to the tedium of the fruitless hunt, DAS BOOT depicts the men serving aboard U-boats as ordinary individuals with a desire to do their best for their comrades and their country. In German with English subtitles.

1974, 50 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Frantisek Vlacil

In SIRIUS, a young boy whose most cherished companion is his loyal German shepherd devises his own form of resistance when the Nazis arrest his father, then order the confiscation of local canines, including his pet, to be retrained as attack dogs against the rebellious populace. In Czech with English subtitles.

1967, Janus Films, 163 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Frantisek Vlacil

Voted the best Czech movie of all time in a poll of 100 Czech film critics, this ravishing 13th-century epic based on a novel by Vladislav Vancura evokes an era when pagan and Christian clans faced off in a fierce struggle for dominance. An unforgiving winter landscape, dominated by hawks and wolves, sets the scene for a violent tale of rapacious rivalries played out in kidnapping, murder, plunder and rape. Vlacil’s unsettling symbolism carries a stark, eerie beauty, enhanced by Zdenek Liska’s avant-garde score. With Josef Kemr, Magda Vasaryova. In Czech with English subtitles. "A ceaseless flow of ravishing images." - Kristin M. Jones, The Wall Street Journal

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