Give the Devil His Due

  • Tchécoslovaquie S čerty nejsou žerty
Conte de fées / Comédie
Tchécoslovaquie, 1984, 91 min


In a war-torn principality, a prince with two daughters resides: the malicious Angelina and the humble Adelka. The prince, neglecting his duties, entrusts leadership to a greedy steward. The steward covets a mill where live young Peter and his wicked stepmother, who aids the steward's quest to control the property. Ever-watchful devils see everything and send young devil Janek to Earth to drag sinners to Hell. Befriending Peter and aided by Adelka, they challenge earthly lords and infernal forces. (Zlín Film Festival)


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français Mon conte préféré, que je me fais un plaisir de regarder encore et encore. Quand j’étais petit, il m’est arrivé de le regarder quatre fois de suite quand j’étais malade, mon intérêt ne diminuant aucunement. ()


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anglais Hynek Bočan is probably a Satanist in every way. How else do you explain such a sympathetic hell headed by the absolutely characterful Lucifer in the very crazy package of Karel Heřmánek? This story is moldy. If it weren't for the hideous Princess Adélka and her castrate chants, it wouldn't have a single mistake. It's got something naturalistic and non-fairytale in it, and yet it caresses like a wolf's tail. Moreover, it has truly top-notch choreography that will not get lost even next to something Pirates of the Caribbean (isn't Peter Koza responsible for it?). The characters besides the aforementioned grazed princess are one and the same, especially Janek, the devil with the rank of a crow and the choleric General Nárožný... Oh, and also the bark of Václav Vydra. He became more human. Just like this entire fairytale non-fairytale. ()



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anglais A highly successful attempt to continue the golden era of classic Czech fairy tales, leveraging the unique position of the devilish retinue in Czech folk tradition. Until then, fairy tale films had been teeming with princesses, princes, and kings, but making one of the two protagonists a devil - moreover, with a positive character - was a daring move that no one had dared to make before. The film has a quality screenplay, experienced direction, and an uncompromised budget, which makes hell look truly hellish and the castle castle-like. Success was guaranteed by the casting, which is so precisely fitting that it's almost genius... Even in small roles, great actors shone (Václav Vydra as the unsuccessful suitor). Overall impression: 95%. ()


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anglais This Czech fairy tale is absolutely perfect. It is incredibly funny and full of memorable lines, which you can quote, and so when the men in the warehouse drop some of the boxes, the first thing I hear is, "You dropped something Machal, I think it is the wind," and I cannot help smiling. Karel Hermanek is the best ruler of hell I have ever seen in a fairy tale and other actors like Petr Narozny excel. This iconic movie has second place in my Top Ten because I rarely miss watching it when it is on. ()


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anglais Sure, it's immoral to make a pact with devils, but when you get a group of the most lovable guys led by the (literally) demonic Karel Heřmánek, it's not hard to agree to the rules of this fairy tale. Hynek Bočan directs with clarity, the set design is impressive (hell especially), the great special effects are effective, and the mood of the film is in a pleasantly light spirit, with the Czech acting elite delivering divine catchphrases, opening the way to the peak of Czech/Slovak fairy tale production. ()

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