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Long Live the Republic (1965)

At' zije Republika (original title)
It is the spring 1945 and the front line is getting closer to the small Moravian village of Nesovice. Twelve-year old Oldrich Vareka, nicknamed Shorty for his tiny stature, observes the ... See full summary »

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Karel Kachyna
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frank Argus Frank Argus ... German Officer
Josef Barta Josef Barta ... Chafferer
Eduard Bredun ... Vasilij
Jirí Chmelar Jirí Chmelar ... Vasák
Nadezda Gajerová ... Mother
Frantisek Golysev Frantisek Golysev ... Bishop / German Officer
Alexander Jandous Alexander Jandous ... German Officer
Iva Janzurová ... Bertýna Petrzelová
Zdenek Jarolímek Zdenek Jarolímek ... Stable Boy at Singer's
Milan Jedlicka Milan Jedlicka ... Niklík
Vladimír Kabelác Vladimír Kabelác ... German Officer
Karel Kachyna ... Frantisek Nebozes
Josef Karlík ... Kaderka
Jan Kraus ... (voice)
Zdenek Lstiburek Zdenek Lstiburek ... Oldrich
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It is the spring 1945 and the front line is getting closer to the small Moravian village of Nesovice. Twelve-year old Oldrich Vareka, nicknamed Shorty for his tiny stature, observes the events around him, recalls his memories and also finds comfort in his fantasy. Although he is an only son, his father treats him harshly and brutally punishes his every trifle. Maybe he wreaks his vengeance on him for his own unsuccessful effort to compete with the richest farmers in the village. The boys from the wealthy farms poke fun at Shorty and he takes his revenge on them in petty malice. Written by NFA.cz

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | Russian

Release Date:

5 November 1965 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

De utstøtte See more »

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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A Brilliant, Hallucinogenic Film
3 July 2000 | by lbradfordSee all my reviews

A tale of a young boy wandering a landscape torn by war, At' zije Republika (Long Live the Republic) is a heartrending film highlighted by its fantastic editing- we see the boy's life as a jumble of images past, present and imagined. As we see the timeline of scenes come into focus the film becomes one you'll never forget. Outstanding black-and-white cinematography by Jaromir Sofr (Larks on a String, Report on The Party and The Guests). I hope to see more films by this wonderful director Karel Kachyna!


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