A period in the life of diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, who was the son of Czechoslovakia's founder, served as the country's minister of foreign affairs and has been brutally killed by Russian secret service in 1948.
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It is 1939. Flamboyant Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk has fled to America to escape his recent past. Germany has invaded Czechoslovakia and Masaryk is now a man with no nation. In America he tries to forget the personal and political betrayal he and his country have suffered but these events shadow his every step. As the Czechoslovak ambassador in London, Masaryk failed to win the support of the British and could not avert the ruination of his country. With the help of Dr. Stein, an emigre German psychiatrist, and writer Marcia Davenport, Masaryk tries to overcome his demons and re-live the dramatic events leading to the outbreak of the second world war.Written by
I will not question the historical accuracy, it was surely well researched, and "adopted". But I do question the presentation - what a mess! Scenes are flashing back and forth in time, cultural conflicts, discontinuities, worthless encounters. The choice of languages, spoken versus subtitles, is unfortunate. The actors had strange accents and the subtitles were poor translations. Above all, why? Why would a Czech movie-maker use a purely Czech topic in purely Czech history, to make movie in Czech republic, using Czech resources, and then produce 90% of it in a language which Czechs do not understand? I am thinking that it was meant to impress the foreigners and ignore the Czechs, who might be calling out the falsehoods. The only reason I did not rate it "1" was because it is a great subject, now regrettably abused and more difficult to correct.
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