Following an already prolific year of filmmaking for the Czech Republic, the first few weeks of 2001 have already seen five premieres of new Czech works. The newest release is a musical comedy called The Rebels, and opens in Prague on Thursday evening with English subtitles. Radio Prague's Pavla Navratilova was at the screening and brings back the details.
Czech audiences haven't been treated to a new musical film in over a decade, and the critics are waiting eagerly for this one. This retro-musical starts out as a light love story depicting the adventures of six teenagers in the carefree months leading up to the Soviet-led invasion of 1968, but also conveys the turbulent political influences of the times. I spoke to director Filip Renc, who emphasized the balance between politics and love within this film.
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