A period in the life of diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, who was the son of Czechoslovakia's founder, served as the country's minister of foreign affairs and has been brutally killed by Russian secret service in 1948.
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It is 1939. Flamboyant Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk has fled to America to escape his recent past. Germany has invaded Czechoslovakia and Masaryk is now a man with no nation. In America he tries to forget the personal and political betrayal he and his country have suffered but these events shadow his every step. As the Czechoslovak ambassador in London, Masaryk failed to win the support of the British and could not avert the ruination of his country. With the help of Dr. Stein, an emigre German psychiatrist, and writer Marcia Davenport, Masaryk tries to overcome his demons and re-live the dramatic events leading to the outbreak of the second world war.Written by
a couple of reviewers have complained about the lack of accuracy and/or authenticity. I prefer to disregard those aspects and accept the movie as a style piece, a work of highly stylized history which is nevertheless useful for people like my American wife who knew nothing about Masaryk, the annexation of Sudetenland and the rest. Viewed through this prism, A Prominent Patient is a fine movie. Great acting, editing and camera work and fantastic music throughout. I enter a movie theater to be entertained or moved. I was both during this film.
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