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

Oil Lamps

Petrolejové lampy

1971, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 101 min.
With Iva Janžurová, Petr Čepek

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 11th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 13th 7:45pm

Iva Janžurová and Petr Čepek are peerless as miserably married cousins in Herz’s early 20th-century period piece, set in a provincial town, Jilemnice, that’s riven by repressed desire and smoldering secrets. Adapting the novel by Jaroslav Havlíček, Herz plumbs deep within the psychology of his characters—Čepek’s syphilitic groom, unable to consummate the wedding and rapidly losing his mind; Janžurová’s disappointed bride, robbed of the family of her dreams—in this gripping and gorgeous film, which investigates the rot beneath the decoration and decorum of the Secession era. 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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