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, ...
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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
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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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