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Záskok (1997)

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Small local troupe desperately needs a stand in their new act called Vlasta. They invite Mr. Prachensky to aid them, for he is a great theatre star, in hope that he will raise the troupe's renown. But will he do so?

Director:

Ladislav Smoljak

Writers:

Ladislav Smoljak (play), Zdenek Sverák (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jan Kaspar ... Troupe principal
Zdenek Sverák ... Karel Infeld Práchenský
Borivoj Penc Borivoj Penc ... Doctor Vypich
Petr Brukner ... Vlasta
Marek Simon Marek Simon ... Bárta
Milon Cepelka ... Arrayer Vogeltanz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Bárta Robert Bárta
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Small local troupe desperately needs a stand in their new act called Vlasta. They invite Mr. Prachensky to aid them, for he is a great theatre star, in hope that he will raise the troupe's renown. But will he do so?

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Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

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Bárta: This year's summer is getting on very well. The corn is turning gold...
Doctor Vypich: Except for the snow!
Bárta: Yeah, yeah, it will be a tough harvest... In those snow-drifts!
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Comedy gold, written and played by legends of film and play.
10 March 2019 | by freemartSee all my reviews

First of all, for those who are reading this and did not see this comedy gold, I am pretty sure and hope you are not from Czech Republic or at least you do not understand that language. If so, I would say go learn it. You wont ever propably use it in real life , but just for this 90 minutes of pure conversation gold, it is worth it.

The play is cut in to halfs. The first half is not clasical theatre performances, but more of a lecture about Jára Cimrman. The greatest genius that never lived, yet his inventions are legendary. They had really worked on his story of a simple village genius from little country, having good intentions and big plans. But same as his country, he was everywhere surrounded by those who were bigger, richer, more famous and powerfull. He was sometimes used and sometimes just laugh at, but there was no doubt, that his ideas were ahead of his time. For example, his theory of Externism, can be found on wikipedia. He has his page on wikipedia written as he was real person. Well, in many ways he is for me more real and important, than most of the long dead scientest and inventors I only saw on the internet.

Second half is play, where actors are actors and viewers are viewers as a part of the story. It makes unique feeling, because actors can openly aknowlidge viewers and throw a few jokes in there way as a part of a play. It is story about theater ansamble that lost 2 actors and premier of a new play is coming. They asked legendary actor Karel Práchenský (played by Zdenek Sverák) to play with them as a stand-in. Here starts 40 minute of pure fun. If there were only this amazing and original script, it would be great fun, but Mr. Sverák is in a role that must be a nightmare for an skilled actor as himself....he playes an exaggerating actor, who keeps forgeting his lines or is mixing them with other different (real) plays. He had amazing roles in movies like Vrátné Lahve or Oscar award winning Kolja, but for this one I respect him the most.

There is soooo much I could writte about this masterpiece....2 legends of scriptwriting, amazing actors and great friends, who worked together and had fun as a team. They could have writte and traine as long as they wanted and there was no one to push them.


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