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Citizen Havel (2008)
"Obcan Havel" (original title)

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A documentary revealing former Czech president Vaclav Havel's private moments and backroom dealings.

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An absurdist look at the life of an ex-politician.

Director: Václav Havel
Stars: Josef Abrhám, Dagmar Havlová, Vlasta Chramostová
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Vladimír Hanzel ...
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Egon Ditmar ...
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Antonín Manena ...
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Eliska Fucíková ...
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Václav Klaus ...
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A documentary revealing former Czech president Vaclav Havel's private moments and backroom dealings.

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Sceny z prezidentske kuchyne.

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Unique document on an unique man
21 May 2012 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

A humorous and humble reflection on the Czech symbol of humanity and decency in politics. Man who was such a great president despite of the fact(or just because of it) that he had never wanted to be political active. Typically, he would have been a great screen-writer who would have written his philosophical plays. But under the non-normal conditions of totalitarian " normalization" (time after Russian occupation 1969-1989) his philosophy of humanity must have become political and he must have become a politician, no matter how he tried to distant from this standpoint by calling it "unpolitical politics". The documentary reflects more than 10 years of the backstage of his presidency,where he is showed more as an ordinary man then as a president.He wasn't afraid to show uncertainty, pain, helplessness and he made no secret of the fact that his presidency had been really tiring for him. On the other hand, the documentary isn't just about the human background of one president, it reflects Central European political situation in 90's. And last but not least, the document is based on humor and optimistic unworldliness. I love scenes where Ex US president Bill Clinton played the saxophone (he got as a present from Havel) in a Jazz club as well as the scene where Havel tried to rescue the legendary Café Slavia etc.I could go on, but let's see yourselves.


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