The first part of František Vláčil's trilogy, which also includes the legendary works Marketa Lazarová and Údolí včelí, is set in 16th century Bohemia, where a miller and his son find themselves under the scrutiny of the Inquisition after they dare to question the local landowner's decision to build on unstable land.
Evoking a time in which religious authority reigns supreme and understanding of the natural world is interpreted as evidence of a diabolical pact, The Devil's Trap stunningly creates a cruel but believable world torn between superstition and science.
Alfréd Technik (book)
Vítězslav Vejražka, Miroslav Machacek, Čestmír Řanda st., Vlastimil Hašek, Vit Olmer, Karla Chadimová, František Kovářík, Bedřich Karen
CONTENTS OF THE SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY
The Devil's Trap (1961) presented from a new HD transfer from original materials created by the National Film Archive in Prague.
In the Net of Time (1989): a documentary portrait of Vláčil by cinematographer František Uldrich.
The Week Begins on Friday (1962): a short film by Elmar Kloss about a showcase of Czech cinema in the early 1960s, which includes the film The Devil's Trap.
Booklet with a new essay on the film by author and expert on Czechoslovak cinema Peter Hames.
New and improved translation of the English subtitles.
World premiere on Blu-ray.