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What Is to Be Done? (A Journey from Prague to Český Krumlov, or How I Formed a New Government)

What Is to Be Done? (A Journey from Prague to Český Krumlov, or How I Formed a New Government)

director: Karel Vachek
original title: Co dělat? (Cesta z Prahy do Českého Krumlova aneb Jak jsem sestavoval novou vládu)
country: Czech Republic
year: 1996
running time: 215 min.

synopsis

Quite a few years have passed since November 1989. Czechoslovakia has been divided up and, in the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus’s right- wing government is in power. Karel Vachek follows on from his film New Hyperion, thus continuing his series of comprehensive film documentaries in which he maps out Czech society and its real and imagined elites in his own unique way. This time he joins the "opposition”: he leaves Prague and the official political scene and sets out in search of alternatives – on a political, cultural and existential level. 

biography

Karel Vachek (1940) creates multi-layered philosophical and social essays. In 2004, he published the book The Theory of Matter. Films: Moravian Hellas, 1963, Elective Affinities, 1968, New Hyperion or Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood, 1992, What Is to Be Done? (A Journey from Prague to Český Krumlov, or How I Formed a New Government, 1996, Bohemia Docta or The Labyrinth of the World and the Lust-house of the Heart A Divine Comedy, 2000, Who Will Watch the Watchman? Dalibor, or the Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, 2002Obscurantist and His Lineage or The Pyramids’ Tearful Valleys, 2011.

more about film

director: Karel Vachek
cast: Jan Vodňanský, Eva Vobrubová, Pepa Nos, Jiří Haager, Eda Kriseová, Jiří Krejčík, Miloš Kirschner, Andrej Stankovič, Vlasta Chramostová, Eva Zvolská, Stanislav Milota
script: Karel Vachek
photography: Karel Slach
editing: Renata Pařezová
music: Jiří Vondrovic
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