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Long Live the Republic (1965)

At' zije Republika (original title)
It is the spring 1945 and the front line is getting closer to the small Moravian village of Nesovice. Twelve-year old Oldrich Vareka, nicknamed Shorty for his tiny stature, observes the ... See full summary »

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Frank Argus ...
German Officer
Josef Barta ...
Chafferer
Eduard Bredun ...
Vasilij
Jirí Chmelar ...
Vasák
Nadezda Gajerová ...
Mother
Frantisek Golysev ...
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Alexander Jandous ...
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Bertýna Petrzelová
Zdenek Jarolímek ...
Stable Boy at Singer's
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Niklík
Vladimír Kabelác ...
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Frantisek Nebozes
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Kaderka
Zdenek Lstiburek ...
Oldrich
Zdenek Martínek ...
German Soldier
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It is the spring 1945 and the front line is getting closer to the small Moravian village of Nesovice. Twelve-year old Oldrich Vareka, nicknamed Shorty for his tiny stature, observes the events around him, recalls his memories and also finds comfort in his fantasy. Although he is an only son, his father treats him harshly and brutally punishes his every trifle. Maybe he wreaks his vengeance on him for his own unsuccessful effort to compete with the richest farmers in the village. The boys from the wealthy farms poke fun at Shorty and he takes his revenge on them in petty malice. Written by NFA.cz

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5 November 1965 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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A Brilliant, Hallucinogenic Film
3 July 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

A tale of a young boy wandering a landscape torn by war, At' zije Republika (Long Live the Republic) is a heartrending film highlighted by its fantastic editing- we see the boy's life as a jumble of images past, present and imagined. As we see the timeline of scenes come into focus the film becomes one you'll never forget. Outstanding black-and-white cinematography by Jaromir Sofr (Larks on a String, Report on The Party and The Guests). I hope to see more films by this wonderful director Karel Kachyna!


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