The “documentary style” of the 1960s adopted Anthropoid set on the screen in a new digitized version.

“The idea behind this film was to reconstruct in a documentary format the events that led to the most important single action of the Resistance movement during World War II.

“This film is descriptive in a documentary way and aims to portray the event in the most accurate way possible.”

I read that even the pseudonym that the paratroopers in the movie would have used at the time was mentioned, so Jan Kubish is, for example, Otto Strunad. The film has also won two awards. Tell us, how successful were you at the time of release?

“It was, in fact, very successful both domestically and internationally. Many went to the cinemas here to watch movies and were well received at film festivals.

“I think part of that success was also in the fact that it was announced 20 years after the event it portrayed, so it was very recent.

“Many of those who saw it would have remembered the events and horrors that followed in Czechoslovakia. [the subsequent Nazi crackdown] Between the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. It was a very vivid memory for them. “

Please tell us about the director of this movie, Jiří Sequences. He is, of course, famous for directing the very famous communist television series “Thirty Cases of Major Zeman” in Czechoslovakia. What kind of director was he?

“An important aspect of him is that he was one of the most politically involved filmmakers. He studied in Moscow shortly after the end of World War II, so he went to the cinema. I was very much influenced by the ideology and historical situation when I entered.

“But I need to point out that he also studied abroad in Paris later.

“In any case, he was mainly interested in political topics and recent Czechoslovak history.

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'Assassination' | Photo: National Film Archive

“And, as you have already mentioned, his most famous work is this controversial series about Major Zeman reconstructing various post-war criminal cases through the prism of the dominant and communist ideology of the time. was.”

Is this ideological point of view very noticeable in an assassination?

“Much less. It should be emphasized that the assassination chose to portray a non-communist resistance movement that was very bold at the time. Therefore, this is all very important.

“Second, the question of how successful he was in this regard is a completely different topic, as Sequens really wanted to portray the event honestly, but this was his idea and his purpose. So it wasn’t as ideologically heavy as the other works. “

The newly digitized 4k version of the assassination will be screened this Wednesday at 7 pm at the Pon Repo Cinema in Prague with subtitles. Dr. Barešová states that a new version of this movie is currently only available in digital cinema package format. However, she expects the disc to be released soon.

The digitization of the film was made possible by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in collaboration with the National Film Archive and the Czech Film Foundation, thanks to the donations of Mirada Cucherova and AVAST co-founder Eduardo Cuchera. The “documentary style” of the 1960s adopted Anthropoid set on the screen in a new digitized version.

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