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Film Series : Sinister, Singular, and Subversive: The Cinema of Juraj Herz

Beauty and the Beast

Panna a netvor

1978, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 84 min.
With Zdenka Studenková, Vlastimil Harapes

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 25th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 27th 8:15pm

A tale you’ll know well—innocent girl presents herself as sacrifice to a cursed, freakish beast living in isolation, and learns to live with and love her captor—but turned into something very different in Herz’s morbid imagining. Reworking well-known source material for this dark, grimly atmospheric fable, Herz defamiliarizes it, imagining a beaked bird/snake/mammal hybrid Beast unlike any seen on screen before, and overlaying the proceedings with a heavy air of impending doom, the sense of real danger that’s missing from better-known versions, where the possibility of violence looms terribly near. In Czech with English subtitles. DCP digital. (Description courtesy of Metrograph/Nick Pinkerton)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Herz film on any Saturday in January, and get a ticket for the second Herz film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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