A free-form and darkly surreal adaptation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Pavel Jurá ek's film also channels Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka to create one of Czecholsovak cinema's most unique and deeply disturbing works.
A man becomes lost on a country road and finds himself in an alternative, nightmare world that mirrors (then) modern-day Czechoslovakia. Needless to say the film was not warmly received by the authorities, and like his earlier surrealist masterwork Josef Kilián (1963), was promptly 'banned forever'.
Jurá ek, who had earlier co-written V ra Chytilová's Daisies, Jind ich Polák's pioneering Ikarie XB 1 and Karel Zeman's A Jester's Tale, never made another film - but his legacy is one of the most profound, invigorating and important in all Czech cinema.
This edition also contains a new 4K restoration presentation of Pavel Jurácek and Jan Schmidt s Josef Kilián.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
A Case for a Rookie Hangman (P ípad pro za ínajícího kata, 1969) presented from a brand new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
Josef Kilián (Postava k podpírání, 1963): presented from a brand new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
Two additional short films written by Pavel Jurácek and directed by Jan Schmidt:
Cars Without a Home (Auta bez domova, 1959)
Black and White Sylva (Cernobílá Sylva, 1961)
The Projection Booth podcast with Mike White Kat Ellinger, Kevin Heffernan and Peter Hames
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by film historian Michael Brooke
New and improved English subtitle translation.
Region free Blu-ray
Original soundtrack in 2.0 Dual Mono 24-bit LPCM audio