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All My Compatriots (1969)
"Vsichni dobrí rodáci" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 April 1985 (USA)
7.8
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Various scenes in the life of a tight-knit community in Czechoslovakia exploring the human spirit in the backdrop of the political changes that they experience.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vlastimil Brodský ...
Ocenás
Radoslav Brzobohatý ...
Frantisek
Vladimír Mensík ...
Jorka
Waldemar Matuska ...
Zásinek
Drahomíra Hofmanová ...
Merry Widow
Pavel Pavlovský ...
Bertin
Václav Babka ...
Franta Lampa
Josef Hlinomaz ...
Frajz
Karel Augusta ...
Joza Trna
Ilja Prachar ...
Plécmera (as I. Prachar)
Václav Lohniský ...
Zejvala (as V. Lohnisky)
Jirí Tomek ...
(as J. Tomek)
Vera Galatíková ...
Frantisek's wife (as V. Galatíková)
Helena Ruzicková ...
Bozka (as H. Ruzicková)
Oldrich Velen ...
Policeman (as O. Velen)
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Stories about seven friends in a small Moravian village following the socialization of Czechoslovakia in 1948, developing gradually into the story of Frantiek, the resister. The film offers some direct political criticism, particularly of the process of collectivizing agriculture. After the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, it was promptly banned. Written by Anonymous

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Due to his illness at the time of shooting, Jirí Sovák turned down the part of Zásinek, eventually played by Waldemar Matuska. See more »

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Quiet desperation
3 December 2000 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

An excellent film that takes a group of villagers as allegorical characters for Czechoslovakian society. The film follows these people from post-WWII (and pre- communism) to the late 50s, watching as they and their village change. In terms of the unescapable creeping feeling of dread, I was reminded of Ang Lee's _The Ice Storm_. While the film is clumsy at times (some shots or plot shifts might have been done better), the cinematography can be very resourceful. Watch also for the classic symbols of Czech identity: the geese, the white horse (from the legend of Libuse), and the old women (from the Czech novel _Babicka_). These mirror the plot nicely.


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