Larks on a String DVD
Comedy / Drama / Romance

Larks on a String

A film by Jiří Menzel.

Shot in 1968 whilst Czechoslovakia enjoyed a brief moment of political liberalization, Larks on a String (Skřivánci na niti) is a searing political comedy from director Jiří Menzel and writer Bohumil Hrabal. Like their earlier Oscar-winning triumph Closely Observed Trains, it audaciously combines black humour with grim reality.


Set in a scrap metal yard where political dissidents are interned for 're-education', the film is both a powerful critique of totalitarianism and a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.

By the time Larks on a String was completed, the Soviet invasion had restored a repressive Communist regime. The film was promptly banned and remained unseen until 1990, when it was finally released to great acclaim winning the grand prize at the Berlin Film Festival that year.

Production Year: 1990
Region Code: 0
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 90 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Audio: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Colour: Colour
Director Jirí Menzel
Cast Rudolf Hrusínský
Cast Vlastimil Brodský
Cast Václav Neckár
  • Jiří Menzel: 7 Questions – an idiosyncratic reflection on the film and its history, shot by Menzel himself specially for this release
  • Presented in a new digital transfer with restored picture and sound
  • Booklet featuring and a new extended essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames and an introduction by DoP Jaromír Šofr
  • New and improved English subtitle translation