|Bozena Matuskova||Peter's mother|
Czech director Milos Forman won first prize at the Locarno film festival for his first feature film, Black Peter. This coming-of-age story about a shy teenager who falls in love, bears the heavy influence of Francois Truffaut, as do most other "new wave" productions of the era. Even at this early stage, however, Forman's film-making prowess enabled him to transcend any and all imitations. In some areas, the film bore the title Peter and Pavla, reflecting the fact that pretty young Pavla Martinkova played the girl. Black Peter was originally released in Czechoslovakia in 1963 under the title Cerny Petr.
|Presentation:||[B&W, Full Frame]|
Full screen transfer; All zone NTSC DVD; Chapterization; Milos Forman interview; Booklet
Fabulous first feature from Milos Forman that receives shoddy treatment in the transfer to DVD. This Facets DVD is a cheap and nasty video to DVD transfer that has not received any picture enhancement whatsoever. The English translation is way off the mark, and the subtitles are out of synch with the actual Czech dialogue. What's worse, you can't turn the subtitles off. Whilst it is stated as being multi-region, it will only work in one of my three DVD players. The only extra, an interview with Milos Forman produced by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School is also of crappy quality. Avoid this Facets DVD like the plague, especially if you have fond memories of this film. Wait till the Czechs come out with their own DVD version.