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


1972, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 99 min.
With Iva Janžurová, Josef Abrhám

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 11th 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 16th 6:00pm

"Delirious Gothic fairytale...an elegant, beautifully executed, post-'60s essay on sex and repression."—Wally Hammond, Time Out London

Based on a novel by Alexander Grin (aka “Russia’s Edgar Allan Poe”), Herz’s sumptuously colored, turn-of-the-century Gothic centers on two sisters (both played by Iva Janžurová), one pretty and sweet, the other ugly and sadistic. The latter sets about slowly poisoning her sibling, with unexpected but still gruesome results. The title refers to neither sister but to the evil sister’s cat, whose point-of-view perspectives, along with the poisoned sister’s hallucinatory visions, contribute to the film’s flamboyant visual style. In Czech with English subtitles. Imported 35mm archival print. (MR)

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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