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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 »

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Otakar Vávra

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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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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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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Unique Czech drama.
27 January 2003 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

In the brief window of opportunity between the WW2 expulsion of the Nazis and the Communist take over, the Czech cinema produced films which appear to be superior to those done there before or for decades to come. KRAKATIT is the most remarkable of them we know.

It's the work of long time survivor director Vavra and features his regular leading man Hoger and globe trotting leading lady Marly (L'ALIBI, SEALED VERDICT, PLANET OF BLOOD) who has a comparatively small role and it treats a story by Capek, the country's then famous author of "R.U.R" the play that gave the word robot to the world. The original, I'm told, did not contain the A bomb analogy the film uses.

Slipping in and out of hallucination Hoger fantasizes about the ultimate explosive. The black and white imagery and the structure are well on the way to being the most imaginative of it's day. The laboratory scene anticipates one famous American film of the sixties in a way unlikely to be a coincidence. The brooding, damp atmosphere the film communicates lingers in the memory of most people who see it.

Vavra remained the industry's key figure but failed to match this work which should be more widely circulated.


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