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Guest Writer|24.02.2012

Mini-series to center on aftermath of Jan Palach’s self-immolation

A new three-part TV mini-series helmed by the internationally renowned Polish film director Agnieska Holland will take as its starting point the self-immolation of Jan Palach on Prague’s Wenceslas Square in January 1969. Palach, 20, committed that desperate act in protest at how Czechoslovak society had resigned itself to the Soviet-led occupation that began the previous August.

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Michael Stein|12.09.2011

Theater festival kicks off in Plzeň

From Sept. 14 to 22 the Southwestern Bohemian city of Plzeň will be a mecca for theater lovers as the 19th International Festival Theatre presents a full and varied program of works from leading Czech and regional European theater companies. With works ranging from a modern adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” set in a housing project to a hardboiled detective drama peopled with stuffed animals, the festival shows itself unafraid to take risks.

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Guest Writer|10.03.2011

Noir thriller to look at dark corners of the 1950s

David Ondříček’s new film “Ve stínu,” began filming March 5. It will touch on numerous historical events, including the Slánský trial in 1952 and the 1953 amnesty for Nazi war criminals. Despite the artistic credentials of its cast and crew, it may face a considerable challenge drawing audiences at home, where the public is traditionally cool to films about dark periods in Czech history.

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