Archive of films The Flames of Royal Love / V žáru královské lásky

1990, 87 min

Section: Liberated

  324 Sunday 30/6 18:30 Small Hall
  521 Tuesday 2/7 9:30 Small Hall

A wild and provocative postmodern phantasmagory about love beyond the grave in a tale of romance between a decadent prince and the daughter of a disgraced officer. Made by the legendary Jan Němec after his return from exile, the film surprised many when it came out, and it continues to provoke audiences with its playful impudence and, by the standards of the day, its incomprehensibility.


In late 1990, several months after returning to a free Czechoslovakia after fifteen years in exile, Jan Němec began filming his adaptation of the absurdist novella The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch by the nonconformist philosopher Ladislav Klíma. At the time of its making, Němec’s wild and provocative postmodern phantasmagory about a decadent prince and his fated love for a mysterious commoner surprised many. Today the picture continues to provoke audiences with its playful impudence and, by the standards of the day, its incomprehensibility. This peculiar cinematic hallucination, featuring unforgettable creative input from artist Michael Rittstein, stars Jiří Bartoška, Ivana Chýlková, Boleslav Polívka, and musician Vilém Čok as the king.

Karel Och

About the director

Jan Němec (1936-2016, Prague). Selected filmography: Diamonds of the Night (1964), Pearls of the Deep (1965), The Party and the Guests (1966), Martyrs of Love (1966), The Flames of Royal Love (1990), Code Name: Ruby (1996), Late Night Talks with Mother (2001), Landscape of My Heart (2004), Toyen (2005), The Ferrari Dino Girl (2009), The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street (2016)


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Malešická 12, 130 00, Praha 3
Czech Republic

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Liberated
Director: Jan Němec
Screenplay: Jan Němec podle románu Utrpení knížete Sternenhocha Ladislava Klímy / based on the novel The Sufferings of Prince Ster­­nen­­hoch by Ladislav Klíma
Dir. of Photography: Jiří Macháně
Music: Jan Hammer ml.
Editor: Alois Fišárek
Art Director: Michael Rittstein
Producer: Miloš Stejskal, Roman Bartoníček
Production: Filmové studio Barrandov
Cast: Ivana Chýlková, Vilém Čok, Boleslav Polívka, Jiří Bartoška, Josef Abrhám, Pavel Landovský, Miloš Stránský, Izabela Schenková
Sales: Národní filmový archiv


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