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Death of the Beautiful Roebucks

  • Film
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Time Out says

Set in 1930s Czechoslovakia, this is a colourful, not to say eccentric portrait of a Jewish chancer-cum-dreamer, based on Ota Pavel's autobiographical short stories. Having landed a job as a travelling Electrolux salesman (fridges and vacuum-cleaners), our hero transplants his family from country to city, refines the tricks of the trade, plays away, still brings home the bacon (woodland roe deer seem his only taboo), but pours the best part of his new wealth into a giant carp pond. He keeps balanced on the tightrope until the Nazis arrive. The film is as rambling, episodic, pointless and amoral as life itself; but, equally, as gregarious and enthused by nature as the dreamer himself.
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Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Karel Kachyna
  • Screenwriter:Karel Kachyna
  • Cast:
    • Karel Hermánek
    • Marta Vancurová
    • Valter Mirek
    • Jan Jiránek
    • Jirí Krampol
    • Lubor Tokos
    • Dana Vlkova
    • Jirí Stach
    • Rudolf Hrusinsky
    • Ladislav Potmesil
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