THE WHITE DOVE (Frantisek Vláčil, 1960)

Frantisek Vláčil’s Holubice—a bona fide classic—is, for me, an almost unendurable 67 minutes of fey whimsy, esoteric psychological symbolism, and half-baked black-and-white visual beauty. It’s very disappointing; I can’t recommend Czeching it out. And that bug-eyed boy; I couldn’t stand his “sensitive” face. Yes, the dove is heartbreakingly lovely, though—as doves tend to be.

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