Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jan Nemec - Oratorio for Prague (1968)

26 min., English. Written by Jan Nemec. One of the most powerful documentaries ever made: Jan Nemec's unique document of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The only filmed record of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the raw footage of Oratorio for Prague, became the first information that the Soviet Army had not been “invited” in. The film also includes never-before-seen scenes from the Prague Spring before the invasion.

Filmmaker Jan Nemec and his crew risked their lives to create this historic documentary account of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. The award-winning work is the only filmed record of the invasion. Oratorio for Prague began as a study of the liberalization of Czechoslovakia and then continued when the Russian forces moved in. The gripping footage was broadcast by television, providing the first report of the event. In addition to the news footage, the film features never-before-viewed scenes taken prior to the invasion that crushed Prague's anti-Communist movement.
- Sally Barber, All Movie Guide


Language: English
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