Thursday, July 7, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 281

The Date: July 7

The Movie: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

What Is It?: Two years after the Soviet Invasion had ostensibly brought an end to Czechoslovakia’s Spring of liberalized creativity, Jaromil JireŇ° made one of the country’s most liberated and creative films. Perhaps Valerie and Her Week of Wonders passed muster with the communist regime— which preferred social realism and had no compunction about banning art— because it is so openly critical of Catholic hypocrisy. However, the ideas behind JireŇ°’s film are not nearly as interesting as its weird erotic images. Sex Land is full of incest and nubile young women dropping live fish down their bloomers. The film is full of vampires and monsters to the point that Valerie and Her Week of Wonders functions as both surreal fantasy and full-blooded horror film.

Why Today?: Today is 7/7, and there are seven days in a week and Seven Wonders of the World.
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