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All My Compatriots (1969)

Vsichni dobrí rodáci (original title)
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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Ocenás
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Frantisek
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Jorka
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Zásinek
Drahomíra Hofmanová ...
Merry Widow
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Bertin
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Franta Lampa
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Frajz
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Joza Trna
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Plécmera (as I. Prachar)
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Zejvala (as V. Lohnisky)
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Frantisek's wife (as V. Galatíková)
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Bozka (as H. Ruzicková)
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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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4 April 1985 (USA)  »

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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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Referenced in Krásný ztráty: Episode dated 14 April 2003 (2003) 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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