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The Elementary School (1991)

Obecná skola (original title)
The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is ... See full summary »

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Igor Hnizdo
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Fanous Soucek, Eda's father
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Mrs. Souckova
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Schoolmaster
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Tram driver's wife
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Tram driver
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Maxová, teacher
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Cejkova, Tonda's mother
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Cejka, Tonda's father (as Rudolf Hrusínsky Jr.)
Iva Skudrnova ...
Kveta Fabianova
Miroslava Skudrnová ...
Reza Fabianova
Alice Dvoráková ...
Mrs. Fabianova
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Magician Radzi Tamil aka Josef Mrázek
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Plíha - Tonda's Neighbor
Zdenek Mucha
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The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is replaced by the militant Igor Hnidzo. He is very strict - but also very just. His weakness is his interest in young women. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Czechoslovakia's official submission to the 1992's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Referenced in Show Leose Marese: Episode #1.5 (2015) See more »

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Sweet, funny but also dark.
19 August 1999 | by (Prague, Czech Rep.) – See all my reviews

Igor Hnizdo (Jan Triska) arrives as a new tough teacher to work in the elementary school in a small Czechoslovakian town just after the WWII. The movie reflects many of the dark aspects of the Czechoslovakian history. They're being told with a lot of sense for humour but in fact are not so funny because of the historical facts. Scholars are growing within the time background of the 1945 (end of the war) and 1948 (Communistic overthrown) which makes otherwise sweet and funny movie somehow dark from perspective that you know how bad future lies in front of them.


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