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24 Jun 2019

A Case for a Rookie Hangman on Blu-ray & DVD

Presented from a new 4K restoration, Pavel Juráček's free-form and darkly surreal adaptation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels also channels Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka to create one of Czechoslovak cinema's most audacious and disturbing works.


A Case for a Rookie Hangman
(Případ pro začínajícího kata)
A film by Pavel Juráček Czechoslovakia, 1969
Lost on a country road, a man finds himself trapped in a nightmare world that mirrors Communist-era Czechoslovakia. This transgressive film, like his earlier surrealist triumph Josef Kilián (1963), greatly provoked the authorities and was promptly 'banned forever'.

“A formally audacious political fantasia... 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” Chicago Reader

Juráček, co-writer of Czech masterworks Daisies, Ikarie XB 1 and A Jester's Tale, was never allowed to direct another film - but his legacy and his commitment to poetic and political truth, remains one of the most profound, invigorating and important in all Czech cinema.

“Here is absurdity, transgression, jet-black comedy and the unexplained” Time Out

Blu-ray and DVD Special features:
• A Case for a Rookie Hangman presented from a new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive. • Josef Kilián (Postava k podpírání): presented from a new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
• Two additional short films co-written by Jurácek and directed by Jan Schmidt:
- Cars Without a Home (Auta bez domova, 1959)
- Black and White Sylva (Cernobílá Sylva, 1961)
• The Projection Booth podcast with Mike White, Kat Ellinger, Kevin Heffernan and Peter Hames. • Trailer. • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by film historian Michael Brooke.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C) and DVD (‘0’)

Release date: 24 June 2019

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24 Jun 2019


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