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106 Something Different / A Bagful of Fleas

#1 Post by antnield » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:35 am

Věra Chytilová's debut feature confirmed as coming soon in the latest newsletter. Her short film A Bagful of Fleas (Pytel blech) will be included.
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Re: Something Different

#2 Post by What A Disgrace » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:19 pm

Will this be available to pre-order soon? the year's running out, and I'm eager to start my Cytilova-thon.

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Re: Something Different / A Bagful of Fleas

#3 Post by antnield » Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:55 pm

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Something Different (1963) follows the lives of two women – a gymnast in gruelling training (real life Olympic gold-medallist Eva Bosáková), and a dissatisfied housewife (Věra Uzelacová). The two strands never meet but provide a progressive comment on each other and the differing roles of the women. In A Bagful of Fleas (1962), the everyday world of young factory girls’ lives in the cotton mills of Náchod conflicts with officialdom.

Presented from all-new HD materials, these two terrific early works from Věra Chytilová introduce themes evident across her career: the feminine point of view in a world of double standards and predatory sexualisation dominated by men, the expectations and strictures of female gender roles, and a strong critique of contemporary society.

Combining elements of cinema vérité and formalism, and spiked with anarchic humour, her films broke with both genre and ideology and charted a new path for Czechoslovak and Eastern European cinema.
Press release gives a date of February 29th.

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Re: Something Different / A Bagful of Fleas

#4 Post by Bikey » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:23 am

Now up for pre-order at Amazon - and also soon at the Arrow Video website.

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Re: Something Different / A Bagful of Fleas

#5 Post by MichaelB » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:35 am

I'm greatly looking forward to this as I've only seen the films on fuzzy off-air copies so far.

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#6 Post by Bikey » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:52 am

Available to pre-order now at a 'Special Early-Bird' price at the Arrow Video webstore

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#8 Post by Bikey » Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:40 am

Full details of this release now at our website

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#9 Post by Bikey » Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:23 pm

The Geek Show offer an in-depth, ecstatic review of Věra Chytilová’s SOMETHING DIFFERENT in their latest CINEMA ECLECTICA podcast (review at c. 31:45 - 41:15)

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#10 Post by Bikey » Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:15 am

"Something Different by Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová is rather extraordinary... compelling and experimental and deeply concerned with the female perspective... the realization that it was her very first feature-length effort, not even counting its place as one of the key beginnings of the Czech New Wave, is simply amazing... Chytilová’s terrific and audacious debut feature is joined by an earlier short film in this typically valuable Second Run DVD release"

Clydefro Jones at Digital Fix on Chytilová’s SOMETHING DIFFERENT / A BAGFUL OF FLEAS - which is OUT TODAY!

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Re: Something Different / A Bagful of Fleas

#11 Post by Bikey » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:15 am

Dusty Somers at World Cinema Paradise

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#12 Post by Bikey » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:23 am

"A cast-iron argument that she was one of the greatest and most innovative film-makers of all time"
Graham Williamson at The Geek Show on Chytilová’s SOMETHING DIFFERENT / A BAGFUL OF FLEAS

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#13 Post by Bikey » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:31 am

"Astonishingly fresh and inspired... Her 1962 A Bagful of Fleas, a world premiere on DVD that looks resplendent after its 2k restoration... Something Different only extends the director’s range... Chytilová created something with a poise that defies us not to be seduced by it"
Tom Birchenough at The Arts Desk on Chytilová's SOMETHING DIFFERENT / A BAGFUL OF FLEAS

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#14 Post by Bikey » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:25 am

"The always-excellent Second Run brings two earlier films to DVD for the first time - Chytilová's 1963 debut Something Different, and her startling 43 minute featurette A Bagful Of Fleas - and provides a terrific entrée into the world of a film-maker who was still working in her 70s... beguiling and unflinching portrait of women and the choices and sacrifices they make"
SOMETHING DIFFERENT / A BAGFUL OF FLEAS: Two Films by Vera Chytilová's is 'DVD of the Week' at Herald Scotland

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#15 Post by Bikey » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:05 am

SOMETHING DIFFERENT / A BAGFUL OF FLEAS is Beaver's 'DVD of the Month'

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#16 Post by Bikey » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:10 am

"Chytilova's striking feature debut SOMETHING DIFFERENT, which is as great and as important as her kaleidoscopic, anarchic 1966 classic DAISIES"
David Jenkins reviews SOMETHING DIFFERENT / A BAGFUL OF FLEAS in the latest Little White Lies Magazine

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#17 Post by Bikey » Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:23 am

Věra Chytilová's SOMETHING DIFFERENT / A BAGFUL OF FLEAS reviewed by Michael Brooke in the latest Sight & Sound.

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#18 Post by Bikey » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:55 am

David Parkinson - 'Parky at the Pictures' - on the films of Vera Chytilova at The Oxford Times

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Re: 106 Something Different / A Bagful of Fleas

#19 Post by Bikey » Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:48 am

Filmstruck US is currently running a collection of Věra Chytilová films including DAISIES, FRUIT OF PARADISE and SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
Filmstruck will also be launching shortly in the UK.

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