Oil Lamps (film)

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Oil Lamps
Quad poster for Oil Lamps, 1971 Czech film directed by Juraj Herz.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byJuraj Herz
Written byMeir Dohnal
Jaroslav Havlíček
Juraj Herz
Václav Šašek
StarringIva Janžurová, Petr Čepek
CinematographyDodo Simoncic
Edited byJaromír Janáček
Release date
  • 5 November 1971 (1971-11-05)
Running time
101 minutes

Oil Lamps (Czech: Petrolejové lampy) is a 1971 Czechoslovak drama film directed by Juraj Herz. It competed in the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It is based on a novel by Jaroslav Havlíček.


In a small Czech town named Jilemnice lives an unfortunate but brave and jovial woman Štěpa Kiliánová, whose only desire was to fill the void in her virgin life. Out of despair and excessive trust, she marries her cousin, a sardonic, reclusive man, former lieutenant and gambler Pavel Malina, whose only wish is to find peace and forget the past. Meanwhile the groom's father and older brother are interested in Štěpa's inheritance to save their farm from ruin. The couple live through unrequited love, dislike and disappointment on Štěpa's side, since her husband does not consummate the marriage because of his impotence, due to the syphilis he caught in the army. No one knows about the groom's disease and his increasing signs of cerebral disease, which engulfs his sanity.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Oil Lamps". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 14 April 2009.

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