Pearls of the Deep

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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 take their elderly father to watch the motorcycle races. The wife has perfect pitch and can identify motorcycles by the sound of their engine. They all get very drunk and meet a man who lost his legs in a motorcycle accident. Together they discuss the deaths of their favorite motorcyclists in auto accidents. The race begins and a motorcyclist named Balthazar crashes and dies. The man with no legs remarks he hates how that always happens near him when he goes to a motorcycling event. The couple and their father leave and the father discusses his favorite beer manufactured in Munich.
  • 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 - 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 Roma girl.


The Junk ShopEdit

Juraj Herz originally made his short film The Junk Shop to be included in this movie, but it was omitted due to the running time.[3]


  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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