Golden Sixties: Juraj Herz + The Junk Shop
GOLDEN SIXTIES: JURAJ HERZ
Martin Šulík / 2009 / 57 mins / Digital
THE JUNK SHOP
Juraj Herz / 1965 / 31 mins / DCP
A 2009 documentary on Herz screens alongside the opening salvo of his brilliant career, The Junk Shop. Originally shot for inclusion in a key work of the nascent Czechoslovak New Wave, the 1965 omnibus film Pearls of the Deep, but then cut for time, Herz’s film more than stands on its own. A work of nonstop invention set over the course of a single day at a paper recycling facility frequented by oddballs, including manager and aesthete Bohoušek (František Ketzek), the film’s style is every bit as eclectic—including a sudden incursion of stop-motion animation—as the human and material curios that fill the shop.
Screening as a part of: Juraj Herz: In & Out Of The Czechoslovak New Wave