The End of August at the Hotel Ozone


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The End of August at the Hotel Ozone
Jan Schmidt, 1967
Czechoslovakia | Format: 35mm | 79 minutes

After the nuclear holocaust, a band of women survive in an overgrown wilderness through violent means in this savage and bracing film.  Foraging through the ruins, they discover a last bastion of hospitality (and perhaps the last man on earth). Dramatized with an unnerving clear-eyed realism, the postapocalyptic story hinges on the queasy dynamic between the group’s old leader, who remembers life the way it was, and the wild, amoral younger women in her charge. Written by Pavel Juracek, who penned the playfully anarchic Daisies, it’s also a fascinating forgotten chapter in the Czech New Wave.

"Gorgeously shot and devastatingly well told." —The New York Times

“A missing link between sober nuclear doomsday movies and the later escapist post-apocalyptic thriller genre.” —Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant

Series: Strange Lands: International Sci-Fi

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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