Dablova Past (1962)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Czechoslovakia  |  
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Although this well-wrought Czech drama has a definite materialistic slant the story is entertaining, set in the 16th century when the Inquistion was still in force. A small town is one day visited by a priest who is there on a secret mission. He is a member of the Inquisition sent to investigate the activities of a local miller. The miller and his son are the descendants of an old family whose ancestral home burned down a century ago, but was rebuilt from scratch. The miller inherited much of his knowledge about the land, water, and a building's stability from generations of family experience. His reputation for finding water and predicting when a structure might collapse have come to the attention of the Inquisition -surely he must be in league with the Devil.

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accusation, Czechoslovakia, drought, Inquisition, representative [agent], underground [counterculture], witchcraft