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Pearls of the Deep (Czech: Perličky na dně) is a 1966 Czechoslovak anthology film directed by Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, Evald Schorm, Věra Chytilová and Jaromil Jireš. The five segments are all based on short stories by Bohumil Hrabal. The film was released in Czechoslovakia on 7 January 1966.[1]

Pearls of the Deep
Directed byJiří Menzel
Jan Němec
Evald Schorm
Věra Chytilová
Jaromil Jireš
Based onShort stories by Bohumil Hrabal
Music byJan Klusák
Jiří Šust
CinematographyJaroslav Kučera
Edited byMiloslav Hájek
Jiřina Lukešová
Release date
  • 7 January 1966 (1966-01-07)
Running time
105 minutes

The film was received as a manifesto for the new generation of Czechoslovak filmmakers, and thus became closely associated with the Czechoslovak New Wave.[2]


"The Death of Mr Balthazar" ("Smrt pana Baltazara"), directed by Jiří Menzel

A couple and the father of one of them go to a motorcycle race and talk about motorcycle lore.

"Imposters" ("Podvodníci"), directed by Jan Němec

Two old men who are about to die construct false biographies for themselves. One man claims to have been a successful opera singer and the other a successful journalist.

"House of Joy" ("Dům radosti"), directed by Evald Schorm (22min)

Two insurance agents visit an eccentric painter and goat farmer and his mother.

"At the World Cafeteria" ("Automat Svět"), directed by Věra Chytilová

A wedding reception takes place at a diner. The guests are able to stay oblivious of the surrounding misery.

"Romance", directed by Jaromil Jireš

A working-class boy becomes infatuated with a Gypsy girl.



  1. ^ "Perličky na dně". Česko-Slovenská filmová databáze (in Czech). POMO Media Group. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  2. ^ Hames, Peter (2001-02-23). "Reality Czech". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-31.

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