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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in Nevyjasnená úmrtí: Muz, který chtel létat (1998) See more »

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Lemuel Gulliver in Wonderland
16 November 2014 | by JustAptSee all my reviews

Case for a Rookie Hangman is a wondrous journey of Lemuel Gulliver to the lands of absurd. It's a brilliant adaptation of Jonathan Swift's classic in the form of postmodern comedy. "Everyone knows how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas by his contrivance, the most ignorant person at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, may write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, law, mathematics and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study. He then led me to the frame, about the sides whereof all his pupils stood in ranks. It was twenty foot square, placed in the middle of the room. The superficies was composed of several bits of wood, about the bigness of a die, but some larger than others. They were all linked together by slender wires. These bits of wood were covered on every square with papers pasted on them; and on these papers were written all the words of their language in their several moods, tenses, and declensions, but without any order. The professor then desired me to observe, for he was going to set his engine at work." Rejoice, Jonathan Swift was an inventor of a computer and the first programmer! The film is wittily hilarious.


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