Case for the New Hangman

A surreal political and social satire that uses the backdrop of Jonathan Swift’s travels of Gulliver, with an atmosphere that is part Kafka, part Lewis Carroll.

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Czechoslovakia 1969
  • English
102 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Lemuel Gulliver has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot. On the road he finds a dead rabbit dressed like a man and takes a watch from its waistcoat breast pocket. The half-ruined house that he enters reminds Lemuel of his childhood and brings up a painful memory of a dearly loved girl Markéta who was drowned years ago. Gulliver finds himself in Balnibarbi, a country where he doesn’t understand the laws and habits and so continually offends against public decency. It is a day when people are ordered to keep their mouths shut and they force their visitor to follow suit. He faces harsh interrogation and finds it difficult to explain that he is not the rabbit Oscar whose watch has been found in his possession.

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Director: Pavel Juráček
Based on: Jonathan Swift
Screenplay: Pavel Juráček
Cinematography: Jan Kališ
Music: Luboš Fišer
Sound: František Fabián
Editing: Miroslav Hájek
Production Design: Milan Nejedlý
Producer: Jan Balzer
Costumes: Theodor Pištěk ml.
Cast: Lubomír Kostelka, Klára Jerneková, Slávka Budínová, Milena Zahrynowská, Pavel Landovský, Miroslav Macháček, Radovan Lukavský, Nataša Gollová
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.