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Oratorio for Prague (1968)

A unique document of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, the movie was begun as a documentary about the liberalization of Czechoslovakia and then became a record of the entry of ... See full summary »

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Jan Nemec
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A unique document of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, the movie was begun as a documentary about the liberalization of Czechoslovakia and then became a record of the entry of Russian tanks into Prague. The only filmed footage of the Soviet invasion, it was seen by more than 600 million people when broadcast on television, and it was 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. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Seven Days to Remember See more »

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A very honest, emotionally loaded documentary
22 December 2003 | by heicktopiertzSee all my reviews

A very raw movie, very pure, very unique. This movie has been produced by the National Filmboard of Canada (NFB) and was known as the movie ''without credits''. The director's name was hidden from the KGB.

This documentary is like no documentaries I have seen before. The footages are emotionaly loaded, the viewer simply feel the incomprehension of the people from Prague. You see the city's transformation under the soviet occupation, you see the progression because in the editing job, the film is structured by days (7), all footage on Monday were actually shot on Monday.

This is a very honest documentary, not 100% objective, but you can see that these images were taken because they had to be taken and the truth had to be told about this situation.

This film prove that we still need today to produce documentaries and non-fictions, that we still need to learn from the past and finally that a documentary can touch you.


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