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85 Ratings

A Case for the Young Hangman

Prípad pro zacínajícího kata

Directed by Pavel Jurácek
Czechoslovakia, 1970


Jurácek’s masterpiece, a vivid, dreamlike satire freely inspired by Gulliver’s Travels—updated for absurdity. “Full of spirit and sparkling wit without leaving a pure, rationalistic level of thought.”—Int’l. Film Guide

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A Case for the Young Hangman Directed by Pavel Jurácek

Critics reviews

A meticulously constructed deep-dive into modernist absurdity, the sort of film that seems both sui generis and somehow intellectually inevitable. To argue that it has a thing or two to say about the current resurgence of global fascism might be a bit of a stretch. But Hangman is certainly a study in governance by misdirection, tribalism, and, above all, chaos.
May 04, 2018
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