...a páty jezdec je Strach

...a páty jezdec je Strach

1965
Drama
War
1h 40m
Dr. Braun is forbidden to practice medicine because he's a Jew living in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. He's old, seems resigned about the fate of the Jews, and even works in the Department of Confiscation of Jewish Property. One day a neighbor asks him to assist a wounded political fugitive. Dr. Braun reluctantly operates to remove the bullet, but warns that plenty of morphine will soon be needed in order to keep the man from screaming when he awakes, which would attract unwanted attention. (imdb)
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...a páty jezdec je Strach

1965
Drama
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1h 40m
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Rated 19 May 2022
60
62nd
Portrait of anti-Semitic repression that is deliberately anachronistic, as a way of presenting the terrifying atmosphere induced by totalitarianism. This along with the touches of expressionism keeps things interesting, but scenes jump around a bit in a way that doesn't always seem fully worked out, and the whole thing is perhaps a little too obvious and one-dimensional to reach the heights for which the filmmakers were clearly striving. Made three years after Welles's own Kafka nightmare.
Rated 12 Apr 2011
80
81st
Perfection in detail.
Rated 16 Aug 2021
75
84th
Despite some unfortunately pointed monologues in key scenes, overstating the themes and concerns of the 'protagonist', Brynych creates a Kafkaesque atmosphere of suffocation and suspicion where rebellion against state machinery to assert one's freedom and will, and to preserve dignity, is doomed to failure. The expressionist touches add menace, both overt and subtle, and combine with angular compositions to create a genuine sense of unease.
Rated 28 Aug 2009
84
85th
A very well made film. However, despite the meticulous attention to cogency and wholeness within a vaguely-surrealist style, it feels like something is missing.
Rated 10 Sep 2014
75
53rd
I think what this film does best is to show the burden of living in a surveillance state. It's very blunt about it's political thoughts - long monologues by the lead role and a woman spell out what we already understand and I wasn't a fan of that. A film with lovely camerawork, I could watch those stair scenes all day.

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