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Krakatit (1948)

Based on a novel by Karel Capek, a prominent Czech writer of the early 20th century, who coined the word robot for his play R.U.R., the story revolves around a discovery of Krakatit-a ... See full summary »

Director:

Otakar Vávra

Writers:

Karel Capek (novel), Otakar Vávra (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karel Höger ... Prokop
Florence Marly ... Princess Wilhelmina Hagen
Eduard Linkers Eduard Linkers ... Carson
Jirí Plachý Jirí Plachý ... D'Hemon (Daimon)
Natasa Tanská Natasa Tanská ... Anci Tomes
Frantisek Smolík ... Dr. Tomes
Miroslav Homola ... Jiri Tomes
Vlasta Fabiánová ... The Veiled Woman / The Revolutionist Woman
Jaroslav Prucha Jaroslav Prucha ... Old Mail Carrier
Jirina Petrovická ... The Nurse (framing sequences)
Jaroslav Zrotal Jaroslav Zrotal ... The Doctor (framing sequences)
Bedrich Vrbský ... Baron Rohn
Bohus Hradil Bohus Hradil ... Holz (as B. Hradil)
Frantisek Vnoucek Frantisek Vnoucek ... Agitational Orator [Script Name: Rosse]
Karel Dostal ... Professor in Dream
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Based on a novel by Karel Capek, a prominent Czech writer of the early 20th century, who coined the word robot for his play R.U.R., the story revolves around a discovery of Krakatit-a powerful explosive by Prokop, the main character of the movie. After an accidental explosion in the lab, exhausted Prokop slips in and out of dream-like hallucinations. He later realizes that in his altered state of consciousness he had given the formula for making Krakatit to one of his colleagues, and he tries to stop its spread before it is too late. But there are too many dark, powerful forces interested in the ultimate explosive. Written by Anonymous

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A wonderful film
15 June 2000 | by cbreynoSee all my reviews

I saw this film once 46 years ago and it left an indelible impression on me.

It brings out a strange and beautiful romanticism from the Capek novel. It delves into the angst that Szilard, Fermi and Oppenheimer might have felt regarding the development of the A-Bomb.

It takes you on quite a journey.


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

28 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Krakatit - Ingen vil dø See more »

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1.37 : 1
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