Defiant Fairy Tales

Over on Diabolique, I am writing about the amazing Czech fantasy film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and how it reflects the tumultuous state of affairs in Czechoslovakia during the rebellious Prague Spring.

Released in 1970 and couched in the harmless looking vestments of a fairy tale, Valerie a týden divu (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders) is an allegorical Czech fantasy film which, on the surface, is about a teenage girl trying to get a decent night’s sleep. Underneath the gorgeous, hypnotic veneer is a skewering of everything from religion and political authority to sexism and exploitation, all disguised as a film about a teenage girl’s coming of age in a surreal fantasy world.

Full article: Defiant Fairytales: The Prague Spring and Valerie and Her Week of Wonders