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The King's Baker and the Baker's King (1952)
"Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar" (original title)

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Rudolph II, the Holy Roman Emperor, does not have a simple life. And yet he manages to complicate it even more with his frequent outbursts of anger. While he searches for a mythical Golem, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Werich ...
Rudolf II / pekar Matej
Marie Vásová ...
Countess Katharina Strada
Natasa Gollová ...
Katerina aka Sirael
Bohus Záhorský ...
Lang, komorí
Jirí Plachý ...
Edward Kelley
Zdenek Stepánek ...
Rusworm, marsál
Frantisek Filipovský ...
Court astrologer
Frantisek Cerný ...
Scotta
Václav Trégl ...
Emperor's servant
Vladimír Leraus ...
Hungarian delegate
Milos Nedbal ...
Court doctor
Bohus Hradil ...
Tycho de Brahe (as B. Hradil)
Frantisek Holar ...
Commander of guard (as F. Holar)
Vladimír Repa ...
Majitel pekárny
Lubomír Lipský ...
Alchymista
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Rudolph II, the Holy Roman Emperor, does not have a simple life. And yet he manages to complicate it even more with his frequent outbursts of anger. While he searches for a mythical Golem, an animated clay statue, Matthew the Baker is thrown into the dungeon for selling the special buns for the emperor to people. Matthew is accidentally mistaken for the emperor and takes his place. And when the Golem is finally found, it will complicate things beyond comprehension... Written by Marek 14

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Trivia

According to Vera Chytilová, who later became a prominent name of Czech New Wave movement, her acting experience in this movie (she played one of the ladies in waiting) raised her desire to became a filmmaker. See more »

Goofs

In the very first scene with Emperor Rudolf II, the Emperor just woke up with a toothache so he smashes a vase in anger. Moments later, after he is told that Golem was still not found, he smashes another one. But before the second vase hits the ground, you can see the floor where broken pieces of the first vase should still be present. The floor is completely clean. See more »

Quotes

Rudolf II: [after listening to Alchemist explaining his experiments with making gold from plums in gibberish] We don't understand him but we believe him.
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Referenced in Mezi námi kluky (1981) See more »

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European masterpiece. A classic unheard of!
26 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

What a wonderful movie full of inspiring ideas! A well-scripted, well-acted, and on overall rich movie from the era of Rudolph II, a Holy Roman Emperor of the 16th century, resident in Prague, the central residence of the Roman Empire of the 1600s.

This film images a central theme revolving around the philosophical idea expressed first by Montesquieu in the 18th century, that an absolute concentration of power in the hand of one ruler would eventually lead to tyranny and oppression of the people. This movie portrays this very well by the expressive acting of Werich, a Czechoslowak classic actor.

A movie well overlooked in the West for its main theme can only be viewed if you buy it in Prague on some of the DVDs which are still in distribution.


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