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Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)

Prípad pro zacínajícího kata (original title)
Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot. On the road he finds a dead rabbit dressed like a man and takes a... See full summary »

Director:

Pavel Jurácek

Writers:

Pavel Jurácek, Jonathan Swift (novel)
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Credited cast:
Lubomír Kostelka ... Lemuel Gulliver
Klára Jerneková Klára Jerneková ... Markéta
Milena Zahrynowska ... Dominika
Radovan Lukavský ... Profesor Beiel
Jirí Janda Jirí Janda ... Patrik
Ludek Kopriva ... Vilém Seid
Milos Vávra ... Emil
Miroslav Machácek ... Munodi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karel Bodnár Karel Bodnár
Jindrich Bonaventura ... Komorník
Pavel Bosek Pavel Bosek ... docent Baux
Slávka Budínová ... Vilma Seidová
Nina Bártu Nina Bártu ... Kojná
Vítezslav Cerný ... Kat
Alois Curík Alois Curík
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Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot. On the road he finds a dead rabbit dressed like a man and takes a watch from its waistcoat breast pocket. The half-ruined house that he enters reminds Lemuel of his childhood and brings up a painful memory of a dearly loved girl Markéta who was drowned years ago. Gulliver finds himself in Balnibarbi, a country where he doesn't understand the laws and habits and so continually offends against public decency. It is a day when people are ordered to keep their mouths shut and they force their visitor to follow suit. He faces harsh interrogation and finds it difficult to explain that he is not the rabbit Oscar whose watch has been found in his possession. Written by NFA.cz

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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a fantastically configured fairytale totally devoid of the usual Hollywood triteness and affectation
14 December 2019 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

"Prima facie, Jurácek's strangely enrapturing feature can be patly construed as an allegorical tool leveling at the autocratic government at then, with its symbolic innuendos and the depiction of a tinpot monarchy and a seeming utopia in the throe of high-handed surveillance and hypocrisy, but if we peel it off its ambiguous messages, what in the kernel is indeed, a fantastically configured fairytale devoid of the usual Hollywood triteness and affectation, archly cynical, beguilingly inexplicable, and capriciously surprising, Jurácek competently sinks his teeth into actualizing this lollapalooza, were it not for the deplorable suppression from the Establishment, he could have become a major player in the world cinema, alas, bless we still have CASE FOR A ROOKIE HANGMAN to quench the ire."

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

3 August 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Case for a Young Hangman See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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