Movie Night: Case for a Rookie Hangman (1969)


Sunday January 13th 2013, Movie night: Case for a Rookie Hangman (original title: Případ pro začínajícího kata) from Pavel Jurácek, Czechoslovakia, 1969, 102 min, in czech with english subtitles. Door open at 20pm (films start at 21:00pm)

Made in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Pavel Juracek’s second and final feature is a formally audacious political fantasia that transforms the third book of Gulliver’s Travels into an allegory on coercion and tyranny. After acquiring a mysterious watch, Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomir Kostelka) plunges into the monarchy of Laputa, a disorienting landscape of oppression and sexual intrigue. Photographed in textured black and white by Jan Kalis, this carries an electric charge of exhilaration and unpredictability, yet Juracek grounds the tense, unstable imagery in a solid emotional story. The movie was banned by the state and ended Juracek’s career, yet it stands with Vera Chytilova’s Daisies, Ivan Passer’s Intimate Lighting, and Milos Forman’s The Firemen’s Ball as one of the major achievements of the Czech New Wave.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, nice and cozy cinema! Doors open at 20:00, film begins at 21:00, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net