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Citizen Havel (2008)

Obcan Havel (original title)
A documentary revealing former Czech president Vaclav Havel's private moments and backroom dealings.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Václav Havel ... Himself
Ivan Medek Ivan Medek ... Himself
Anna Freimanová Anna Freimanová ... Herself
Vladimír Hanzel Vladimír Hanzel ... Himself
Ladislav Spacek Ladislav Spacek ... Himself
Egon Ditmar Egon Ditmar ... Himself
Pavel Fiser Pavel Fiser ... Himself
Antonín Manena Antonín Manena ... Himself
Miroslav Sklenár Miroslav Sklenár ... Himself
Eliska Fucíková Eliska Fucíková ... Herself
Pavel Rechtácek Pavel Rechtácek ... Himself
Václav Klaus ... Himself
Milos Zeman ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself
Jacques Chirac Jacques Chirac ... Himself
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A documentary revealing former Czech president Vaclav Havel's private moments and backroom dealings.

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Sceny z prezidentske kuchyne.

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Documentary

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Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

31 January 2008 (Czech Republic) See more »

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Citizen Havel See more »

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Runtime:

(director's cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in DVTV: DVTV Forum: Karel Kovár alias Kovy (2017) See more »

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Start Me Up
Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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A fascinating cinema verite-style portrait
2 August 2009 | by footballmonkSee all my reviews

Vaclav Havel confirms his status as one of the most likable men to ever win office in this intriguing film, made over nearly a decade. It's a measure of the man that he's prepared to be so open (joking about his hopes to lose the election, complaining about American food) and shows the contrast with most of today's micro-managed spin-friendly gravy train riders. Many of his meetings take place in smoke and alcohol filled rooms, further marking him as a politician of the old school. The action centres not so much on political decision making (the president is largely a ceremonial position) but more the niceties of diplomacy, both foreign and working with a prime minister he despised. There are plenty of laughs to be had as well as poignant episodes such as the death of his first wife, which is sensitively handled. One of the most illuminating political films of the 21st century.


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