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This controversial feature blends documentary, archival footage and fiction into an elliptical narrative in which two young people in Prague, an ancient seat for the practice of alchemy, ... See full summary »

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Jan Nemec
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Credited cast:
Helena Cepkova Helena Cepkova
Frantisek Machácek Frantisek Machácek
Josef Mirácký Josef Mirácký
Lubor Mádr Lubor Mádr
Ladislav Nemec Ladislav Nemec
Jan Potmesil ... Michal
Cestmír Randa Cestmír Randa
Lucie Rejchrtová Lucie Rejchrtová ... Ruby
Josefa Sobotková Josefa Sobotková
Milos Stehlik Milos Stehlik
Václav Tomsovský Václav Tomsovský
Jaromír Typlt Jaromír Typlt
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This controversial feature blends documentary, archival footage and fiction into an elliptical narrative in which two young people in Prague, an ancient seat for the practice of alchemy, follow the trail for the mystical philosopher's stone. History and future blend as brilliant montage sequences and fanciful leaps of the imagination work to posit questions about the legacy of the past and how it influences the individual's personal freedom and responsibility. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Czech Republic

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Czech

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30 January 2017 (Netherlands) See more »

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Code Name: Ruby See more »

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Highbrow occult movie
21 October 2005 | by agatesystemsSee all my reviews

The film is available in the US under the title "Code Name: Ruby." The plot is pretty thin. An alien artifact is discovered in the opening scene, presaging the coming of a revelation. Simultaneously, the protagonists Michal and Ruby cross paths and discover progressively more of the mysterious history of Prague's alchemists.

The movie succeeds at creating a sense of paranoia greater than what is ever revealed. It's a bit like a very good Czech "X Files". The love story is cute, as the actors are engaging, but an equal amount of time is spent on some inventive cinematography. It's not groundbreaking but it is interesting enough.

In some ways the film reminds me of "La Jetee". It has the paranoia inducing story, and a similar attention to cinematography. And it is short - 80 minutes. The soundtrack, from Jan Hammer, works very well, and is worthy of mention. It is evocative of church organ music, which fits well with some of the Gothic atmosphere of Prague and the mysterious secrets the protagonists pursue.


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