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Year of the Devil (2002)

Rok dábla (original title)
Documentary maker Jan Holman follows the ultrafamous singer/songwriter Jaromír Novahica during his tour with the band Cechomor. The combination is very succesful, but it draws a heavy toll on the band members and Jan Holman.

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Petr Zelenka

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Petr Zelenka
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaromír Nohavica ... Himself
Karel Plíhal Karel Plíhal ... Himself
Jan Prent Jan Prent ... Himself
Karel Holas Karel Holas ... Himself
Frantisek Cerný Frantisek Cerný ... Himself
Radek Poboril Radek Poboril ... Himself
Michal Pavlík Michal Pavlík ... Himself
Radovan Klucka Radovan Klucka ... Himself (as Radek Klucka)
Jaz Coleman Jaz Coleman ... Himself
Jitka Obzinová Jitka Obzinová ... TV moderator
Eliska Klimesová Eliska Klimesová ... Asylum director
Danuse Klichová ... Journalist #1
Sasa Mika Sasa Mika ... Transvestite #1
Václav Glazar Václav Glazar ... Transvestite #2
David Fotter David Fotter ... Doctor
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Storyline

Jan Holman, a Dutch documentary maker, runs in a Czech alcohol clinic into Jaromír Nohavica, an ultrafamous singer/songwriter. Holman gets interested in Jaromír and follows him during his comeback. To help his former guitarist Karel Plíhal, who is unable to speak anymore, Nohavica decides to cooperate with the band Cechomor. The success is overwhelming, the combination attracts full houses. But soon the success draws a heavy toll on the band members and Jan Holman. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

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Czech Republic

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Czech | English | Dutch

Release Date:

7 March 2002 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

A sátán éve See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Director Petr Zelenka came up with the idea for the film whilst traveling by bus from Bangkok back to his home in the Czech Republic. See more »

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Amazing, beautiful, captivating movie
5 November 2004 | by EmmaPeel500See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best I have seen this year. I am Czech, and so I don't know how much is lost in translation for American viewers, but the movie is simply amazing. All the musicians in the movie are essentially playing themselves, and Nohavica and Plihal's music is just wonderful. This film showcases the musical talents of two of Czech greats. Every child grows up singing Nohavica's songs, and Plihal continues to be one of the best songwriters alive. This movie documents Nohavica's alcoholism and subsequent rehabiliatory efforts, Plihal's emotional breakdown and year of not saying a single word, and the band Cechomor's efforts to make it big. One of the most evocative scenes of this movie is one where Nohavica and Plihal are supposed to play a concert together, but Plihal just can't bring himself to leave the car. He sits outside during the whole event, and Nohavica has to announce this to his audience. After the concert, people come out to see him and say hi to him in the car, where he is still sitting, and he is so overwhelmed by the attention that he starts spreading newspapers up into the car windows. When Nohavica finally comes out from the concert, he finds his car completely covered with newspaper from the inside. This is one of the many sad, evocative, touching and details-attentive scenes of this movie. Excellent, see it.


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