Starring Petr Kostka, Emilia Vasaryova, Miroslav Holub
Directed by Karel Zeman
Visionary Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman is recognised as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema for his innovative combination of live-action and animation, along with the use of ingenious special effects. Often described as the 'Czech Méliès', his work has been a profound influence on generations of filmmakers from Jan Švankmajer to Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam to the Quay Brothers and Wes Anderson.
A Jester's Tale is one of Zeman's most celebrated achievements. Described by Zeman as a 'pseudo-historical' film, it is a bold anti-war black comedy following the adventures of a ploughboy and a mercenary, press-ganged into service on the battlefields of the devastating Thirty Years' War of 1618 - 1648.
Co-scripted by Pavel Jurácek (Ikarie XB 1, Daisies, Josef Kilián), this startlingly inventive film emerges as a sharp satire on war, human nature and of the way we perceive history itself.
• Presented from a new anamorphic digital transfer with restored picture and sound.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• 12-page booklet featuring a new essay by writer and book editor Ian Haydn Smith.
• Released for the first time ever in the English-speaking world.
DVD Cat No: SRDVD 089
Duration: 81 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Video: PAL / DVD9
Black and white