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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (or Valerie a týden divů) is a 1935 novel by surrealist Czech writer Vítězslav Nezval. It was made into a 1970 Czech film directed by Jaromil Jireš.

In it, Nezval explored the gothic themes and settings of novels such as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein and Matthew Gregory Lewis' The Monk, as well as F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (based on Dracula by Bram Stoker). He took a great risk using this format, seeing as the Romantic movement was shunned by followers of the surrealist movement.

It has long been published in Czech, but has only become available in English recently thanks to Czech publishers Twisted Spoon Press. This edition features the illustrations of Kamil Lhotak that were used in the original release of the book.

Film

Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and Her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Czech: Valerie a týden divů) is a 1970 Czech film directed by Jaromil Jireš and based on the novel of the same name by Vítězslav Nezval.

The 1970 film adaptation of Valerie a týden divů, was filmed in 1969 starring the then 13-year-old Jaroslava Schallerová as Valerie, with a supporting cast of Helena Anýzovál, Karel Engel, Jan Klusák, Petr Kopriva, among others. It was filmed in the Czech town of Slavonice and surrounding areas. Oneiric and ethereal in essence, the film portrays the heroine as living in a disorienting dream, seduced by priests, vampires, men and women alike.

Sound is used in very inventive ways in this film, from the alerting pling-plongs heard which alerts Valerie when she finds her earrings to the cacophonous tick-tocks of the odd spinning cogwheels in the barn. Intense, supersaturated colors and unusual compositions also create an otherworldly effect reminiscent of the Symbolist art movement.

Soundtrack

The film soundtrack, featuring music composed by Luboš Fišer, was released for the first time by Finders Keepers Records in December of 2006. Available both on CD and LP, the booklet reveals previously unseen images, international poster designs, as well as notes by Andy Votel, Professor Peter Hames and Trish Keenan from the band Broadcast.



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