Karel Roden is a Czech actor, popularly known for his roles in Hellboy and The Bourne Supremacy, his voice work in Grand Theft Auto IV. Roden followed his grandfather into acting. Roden first graduated from the Comprehensive Art Secondary School for Ceramics before being admitted to the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Roden's feature film career began simultaneous with his theatre work in 1984 as Honza, a medical student in the 2nd part of a trilogy entitled "How the poets are losing their illusions", a lighthearted, comic look at life through the lives of young university students. Roden's Honza appeared in the final installation of the trilogy, "How poets are enjoying their lives". Other comic turns include Roden's Captain Tuma in "What Kind of Soldier", a humoristic look at life as a soldier in the socialist Czech army, the character Dragan in the action-thriller Dead Fish with Gary Oldman and Terence Stamp. In the comic crime-thriller Shut Up and Shoot Me Roden plays the hen-pecked husband hired to assassinate a grieving widow.
During the 1990s, he spent some time in London, which improved his English and gave him necessary exposure and access to the international scene. Hence, since being outside of Czechoslovakia he has become known for his character actor roles which began in 2001 when Roden secured his first major role in the American psychological thriller, 15 Minutes, where he played the criminal Emil Slovak partnered with Oleg Taktarov opposite NYPD cop Flemming played by Robert De Niro; this was followed by a similar role, as the lawyer Carter Kounen, in the service of a vampire clan, in the movie Blade II in 2002. This was followed by what became a series of type-cast roles including the action movie Bulletproof Monk, where he plays the Nazi megalomaniac Strucker; this was no doubt due to his heavy accent and distinct features, which bring him close to the stereo-typed Hollywood villain, although his voice was dubbed over by another actor in Blade II. This understates, the plethora of characters he has portrayed throughout his career in Czechoslovakia.
His movie roles to date include 15 Minutes, Blade II, Bulletproof Monk, The Bourne Supremacy, as Grigori Rasputin in Hellboy, Running Scared, Largo Winch, RocknRolla, Orphan. He played the Russian movie critic Emil Dachevsky in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday. More he played Noble Thurzo in Bathory, co-production movie filmed by Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko, A Lonely Place to Die and a role as the Czech mobster Karel Benes in the TV series McMafia. For his main character in Guard No. 47 Karel Roden received the Czech Lion award for best actor. He received Alfréd Radok Award in 1998 for performing Bruno in Le Cocu Magnifique by Fernand Crommelynck. Other notable role was Don Juan in Faust, he appeared in two plays with his brother Marian. He was a member of the prestigious Prague National Theatre. At the moment he can be found at Theatre Studio DVA in several performances. Roden has voiced Mikhail Faustin and Wade Johnson in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Biography, including list of roles Karel Roden on IMDb Karel Roden – Juraj Thurzo
Jana Oľhová is a Slovak actress. At the 2008 Sun in a Net Awards she won the category of Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in the film Music. Oľhová won another accolade at the Sun in a Net Awards, again for Best Supporting Actress, in 2014 for her performance in the 2013 film Fine, Thanks; the Millennial Bee Želary Bathory Music Odsúdené Surviving Life The House Fine, Thanks Búrlivé víno The Seven Ravens Little Crusader Jana Oľhová on IMDb
Kes is a 1969 British drama film directed by Ken Loach and produced by Tony Garnett. The film is based on the 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave, written by the Hoyland Nether-born author Barry Hines; the film is ranked seventh in the British Film Institute's Top Ten Films and among the top ten in its list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14. This is Loach's second feature film for cinema release. Fifteen-year-old Billy Casper has little hope in life, he is picked on, both at home by his physically and verbally abusive older half-brother, at school, by his schoolmates and by abusive teachers. Although he insists that his earlier petty criminal behavior is behind him, he steals eggs and milk from milk floats, he has difficulty paying attention in school and is provoked into tussles with classmates. Billy's father left the family some time ago, his mother refers to him at one point, while somberly speaking to her friends about her children and their chances in life, as a "hopeless case."
One day, Billy takes a kestrel from a nest on a farm. His interest in learning falconry prompts him to steal a book on the subject from a secondhand book shop, as he is underage and needs – but lies about the reasons he cannot obtain – adult authorisation for a borrower's card from the public library; as the relationship between Billy and "Kes", the kestrel, improves during the training, so does Billy's outlook and horizons. For the first time in the film, Billy receives praise, from his English teacher after delivering an impromptu talk about training Kes. Jud leaves money and instructions for Billy to place a bet on two horses, after consulting a bettor who tells him the horses are unlikely to win, Billy spends the money on fish and chips and intends to purchase meat for his bird. However, the horses do win. Outraged at losing a payout of more than £10, Jud takes revenge by killing Billy's kestrel. Grief-stricken, Billy retrieves the bird's broken body from the waste bin and, after showing it to Jud and his mother, buries the bird on the hillside overlooking the field where he'd flown.
David Bradley as Billy Casper Freddie Fletcher as Jud Lynne Perrie as Mrs Casper Colin Welland as Mr Farthing Brian Glover as Mr Sugden Bob Bowes as Mr Gryce Bernard Atha as Youth employment officer Joey Kaye as Pub comedian Robert Naylor as MacDowell Zoe Sutherland as Librarian Eric Bolderson as Farmer Joe Miller as Reg, Mother's Friend Bill Dean as Fish and Chip Shop Man Geoffrey Banks as Mathematics teacher Duggie Brown as Milkman Trevor Hesketh as Mr Crossley Harry Markham as Newsagent John Pollard as Footballing Legend Bremner Steve Crossland as schoolboy Crossland Both the film and the book provide a portrait of life in the mining areas of Yorkshire of the time the miners in the area were the lowest paid workers in a developed country. The film was produced during a period when the British coal-mining industry was being run down, as gas and oil were used in place of coal, which led to wage restraints and widespread pit closures. Shortly before the film's release, the Yorkshire coalfield, where the film was set, was brought to a standstill for two weeks by an unofficial strike.
The film was shot on location, including in St. Helens School, Athersley South renamed Edward Sheerien School. Set in Barnsley, the film contains broad local dialects; the cast used or knew the dialects. The extras were all hired from around Barnsley; the DVD version of the film has certain scenes dubbed over with fewer dialect terms than in the original. In a 2013 interview, director Ken Loach said that, upon its release, United Artists organised a screening of the film for some American executives and they said that they could understand Hungarian better than the dialect in the film; the production company was set up with the name "Kestrel Films". Ken Loach and Tony Garnett used this for some of their collaborations such as Family Life and The Save the Children Fund Film; the certificate given to the film has been reviewed by the British Board of Film Classification, as there is a small amount of swearing, including more than one instance of the word twat. It was classified by the British Board of Film Censors as U for Universal, at a time when the only other certificates were A and X.
Three years Stephen Murphy, the BBFC Secretary, wrote in a letter that it would have been given the new Advisory certificate under the system in place. Murphy argued that the word "bugger" is a term of affection and not considered offensive in the area that the film was set. In 1987, the VHS release was given a PG certificate on the grounds of "the frequent use of mild language", the film has remained PG since that time; the film was a word of mouth hit in Britain making a profit. However it was a commercial flop in the US. In his four-star review, Roger Ebert said that the film failed to open in Chicago, attributed the problems to the Yorkshire accents. Ebert saw the film at a 1972 showing organised by the Biological Honor Society at the Loyola University Chicago, which led him to ask, "were they interested in the movie, or the kestrel?"The film has universal acclaim and holds a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Director Krzysztof Kieslowski named it as one of his favorite films. A digitally restored version of the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by The Criterion Collection in April 2011.
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Jar City (film)
Jar City is a 2006 Icelandic film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. It is based on a novel written by Arnaldur Indriðason and released in English as Jar City. Kormákur is in the midst of producing an English-language remake called Jar City, which will be set in Louisiana. A world-weary cop comes to believe a recent murder of a middle-aged man is linked to a case of possible rape three decades earlier by a group of friends and a corrupt cop. Working through, he finds it linked to a rare disease among Nordics. One thing leads to another and he puts the pieces together. A geneticist father loses his child to neurofibromatosis and his search for answers leads to his degenerate father and unravels many missing person cases during the decade. Like the book on which it is based, the film is implicitly a semi-critique to the gene-gathering work of the Icelandic company deCODE genetics. Ingvar E. Sigurðsson as Erlendur Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir as Eva Lind Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Sigurður Óli Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir as Elínborg Atli Rafn Sigurðsson as Örn Kristbjörg Kjeld as Katrín Þorsteinn Gunnarsson as Holberg Theódór Júlíusson as Elliði Þórunn Magnea Magnúsdóttir as Elín Guðmunda Elíasdóttir as Theodóra Walter Grímsson as Handrukkarar Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson Magnús Ragnarsson as Lögfræðingur Rafnhildur Rósa Atladótir as Kola Jón Sigurbjörnsson as Albert The score was composed by Mugison.
Track listing: "Til eru fræ" "Sveitin milli sanda" "Bíum bíum bambaló" "Erlendur" "Elliði" "Á Sprengisandi" "Fyrir átta árum" "Áfram veginn – Nikka" "Áfram veginn" "Halabalúbbúlúbbúlei" "Malakoff" "Bí bí og blaka I" "Myrra" "Kirkjuhvoll" "Bí bí og blaka II" "Dagný" "Heyr, Ó Gud raust mína" "Lyrik" "Nú hnígur sól" "Sofðu unga ástin mín" "Ódur til Hildigunnar" "Svefnfræ" "Fræsvefn" "Svefnfræ, söngur" "Nú legg ég augun aftur"Incidental music: Extract from George Frideric Handel's "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from the oratorio Solomon The film was awarded the 2007 Crystal Globe Grand Prix at the 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It won the Breaking Waves Award at the 15th Titanic International Film Festival in Budapest with a €10,000 prize. A Blockbuster Exclusive Region 1 DVD was released in the U. S. and Canada. Otherwise, the film was not released commercially in America, it has been released on DVD in Europe and is available on iTunes. Jar City on IMDb Jar City at AllMovie
The Unforgettable Year 1919 (film)
The Unforgettable Year 1919 is a 1951 Soviet biopic directed by Mikheil Chiaureli. It is considered an important representation of Joseph Stalin's cult of personality. May 1919; the city of Petrograd, the Bolsheviks' stronghold in Russia, is attacked by the counter-revolutionary White Army of General Nikolai Yudenich, supported by the imperialist British, by the warmongering Winston Churchill. The city's High Soviet is demoralized and about to order an evacuation, while the White fifth column inside it plots an insurrection; the Krasnaya Gorka fort dispatches a detachment of Baltic Fleet sailors to assist Petrograd, among them the young Vladimir Shibaev. As the Red Army faces defeat by the Whites, Joseph Stalin arrives on the battlefield, rallies the communists and routs the enemy, saving the city. Mikheil Gelovani as Joseph Stalin Pavel Molchanov as Vladimir Lenin Boris Andreyev as Shibaev Gavriil Belov as Mikhail Kalinin Victor Stanitsin as Winston Churchill Gnat Yura as Georges Clemenceau Viktor Koltsov as Lloyd George Nikolai Komissarov as General Neklyudov Yevgeny Samoylov as Alexander Neklyudov Sergei Lukyanov as General Rodzyanko Pavel Massalsky as Colonel Vadbolsky Vladimir Ratomsky as Potapov Gleb Romanov as commander of the armored vehicles Marina Kovalyova as Katya Danilova Angelina Stepanova as Olga Butkevich Yevgeny Morgunov as Anarchist Vsevolod Sanayev as Boris Savinkov Vladimir Kenigson as Paul Dukes The script was adapted from a play by the same name, composed by Vsevolod Vishnevsky for Stalin's 70th birthday in 1949 and won the Stalin Prize.
Ronald Hingley wrote that Vishnevsky's play "magnified Stalin's Russian Civil War record beyond all recognition". Chiaureli's work was one of the only nine Soviet pictures produced during 1951. With a budget of nearly 11,000,000 rubles, it was the most expensive film made in the Soviet Union up to that time. In addition, it was the last of Chiaureli's "super-productions about Stalin." The Unforgettable Year 1919 was promoted by the Soviet press months before its release. It was watched by 31.6 million people in the USSR, becoming the country's fifth highest-grossing picture of 1952, coming behind four old American Tarzan movies from the 1930s. The film won the Crystal Globe in the 1952 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Olga Romanova wrote that Stalin was not pleased by the portrayal of his youthful self by Mikheil Gelovani, therefore did not award The Unforgettable Year 1919 a Stalin Prize. In 1952, a Der Spiegel critic wrote that, in 1919, "Young Stalin stands in white-silk armor and arranges the defense of Leningrad...
While the traitors receive their deserved bullet in the head". He added. In 1953, the picture was criticized by the Central Committee for "having significant shortcomings and lower ideological-artistic merits than those released by the director." In the summer of 1953, after Stalin's death, it was removed from circulation. In February 1956, Premier Nikita Khrushchev delivered a speech condemning Stalin's cult of personality in front of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he told the audience: "Stalin loved to see the film The Unforgettable Year of 1919, in which he was shown on the steps of an armored train and where he was vanquishing the foe with his own saber. Let Kliment Voroshilov, our dear friend, find the necessary courage and write the truth about Stalin. In March, the pro-Stalin protesters in the 1956 Georgian demonstrations included re-screenings of the film in their list of demands. Peter Kenez noted that the film was the last made about the October Revolution and Civil War in the Stalinist period.
Louis Menashe regarded 1919 as one of the post-war pictures in which "Stalin monopolized all heroism". William Luhr described it as "a elaborate and costly production... Another attempt at myth-making... In which Stalin is given the sole credit for crushing the anti-Bolshevik uprising." Ann Lloyd and David Robinson referred to the film as "the eminently forgettable The Unforgettable Year 1919."Denise J. Youngblood commented that "as absurd" as Stalin's role was in Chiaureli's last film, The Fall of Berlin, it still contained "a grain of historical truth... Stalin was the USSR's leader during World War II." But in 1919, he was depicted in a ahistorical manner: "he was not the head of the party at 1919, nor was he a Civil War hero." John Riley added that during the relevant period in the Civil War, Stalin was stationed in Moscow, where he functioned as the People's Commissar for Nationalities. Nikolas Hüllbusch, who researched Stalin's representations in cinema, wrote that the portrayal of premier's propagandistic "screen alter-ego" reached its "zenith" in The Fall of Berlin, "this development marked its atrophic crisis."
According to Hüllbusch, the sanctioned artistic line took a turn in 1952, the attempts to use Stalin's figure were frowned upon. The Unforgettable Year 1919 and other Stalinist works from that year "had little notability... And were forgotten after the political reshuffle of 1953." A suite drawn from the film score by Dmitri Shostakovich, arranged by Lev Atomyan, was prepared in 1954 and recorded in 1956 by Melodiya with Alexander Gauk as conductor. The suite's fifth movement has been described as "a mini-piano concerto, in the style of, but more Hollywood-like than, Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto of 1941.". It describes the attack on the Krasnaya Gorka fort. Through mistranslation the movement is sometimes referred to as "The Attack on Beautiful Gorky"; the Unforgettable Year 1919 on the IMDb
Taming of the Fire
Taming of the fire is a 1972 film, directed by Daniil Khrabrovitsky and starring Kirill Lavrov. The Vasilyev Brothers' State Prize of RSFSR was awarded to actor Lavrov for his performance in the leading role; the film received several awards at various festivals in Europe and Soviet Union, including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Crystal Globe Award. Epic film in two episodes, based on a true story of creation and development of Soviet space and missile industry. Due to secrecy demand, all names were altered in the script, although most of the characters are recognizable. Sergei Korolev was prototype for the lead character Bashkirtsev, played by Kirill Lavrov. Episode 1, he is obsessed with flying since his youth. Bashkirtsev's career takes shape after his meeting with visionary space scientist Tsiolkovsky. Before World War II he builds a launch center in Central Russia, he makes the "Katyusha" weapon and takes it to the front-lines of World War II. In spite of his arrest and imprisonment, he continues working on rocket design.
He is released from prison upon his request to fight in the front-lines against the Nazis. Episode 2. After the end of World War II, Bashkirtsev makes a new rocket system, works with nuclear scientist Igor Kurchatov on the nuclear missiles program, he makes a new rocket that launched "Sputnik" to orbit in 1957, from Baykonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. His next achievement is the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, other human space missions. By the mid 1960s Bashkirtsev makes developments for the flight to the Moon. However, Bashkirtsev's uncompromising character causes him many problems with Soviet politicians, in additions to other pressures in his life, he dies from a heart attack, his mission is carried on by his apprentices. Kirill Lavrov as Andrei Bashkirtsev Ada Rogovtseva as Natalia Bashkirtseva Igor Gorbachev as Ognev Andrei Popov as Gromov Igor Vladimirov as General Anatoly Golovin, Chairman of the State Commission Innokenti Smoktunovsky as Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Petr Shelokhonov as Mikhail Karelin Svetlana Korkoshko as Zoya Konstantinova Vsevolod Safonov as Leonid Sretensky Zinovi Gerdt as Arthur Matveevich Kartashov, lecturer Yevgeny Matveyev as factory director Vera Kuznetsova as Bashkirtsev's mother Andro Kobaladze as Stalin Igor Petrovsky Yuri Leonidov Ivan Ryzhov as Alekseich Valentina Khmara as Korolev's secretary Galina Samokhina Vladimir Deyanov Vadim Spiridonov as Ivan Flyorov Nikolai Barmin Galiks Kolchitsky as Igor Kurchatov Vitali Belyakov Lavr Lyndin Georgi Shevtsov Yevgeny Steblov as Innokenti Bashkirtsev Anatoly Chelombitko as Gagarin 1972 theatrical admissions: 27,600,000 1972 theatrical admissions in Europe: unknown 1991 — 2011 video and DVD sales in Russia and Europe: over 10 million copies Mosfilm studio was the main production company.
Additional production assistance was provided by the Red Army and Gagarin Space Center in Moscow, by Baykonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, by OKB 1 and OKB 3 missile industries in central Russia and in Ukraine. All actors and crew had to pass background checks to get clearance for filming at Cosmodrome Baykonur and Gagarin Space Center in 1970 and 1971. Footages of Baykonur Kosmodrome in Kazakhstan and of the Soviet Space Center in Moscow are adding authenticity to the film, but most of the footages had not been released to the public; the original director's cut had 5500 meters of film length, but it was shown to Brezhnev and Politbureau and was censored before the public release in 1972. Available copies run only 158 minutes. Epic film about the Soviet space program. Loosely based on bio of the top-secret Russian rocket designer Sergei Korolev. Film was released 6 years after Korolev's death, still the Soviet censorship covered his real name. Other characters are based on real people, but their names were top secret in the Soviet Union.
Today astronautics.com gives some real names as well as the accurate list of actors in the original cast from the German opening night booklet. Soviet censorship ordered several scenes to be deleted, so many characters were altered and reduced, which caused changes in film's opening and closing credits; the film was planned for release on April 12, 1971, the 10th anniversary of Gagarin's flight, but the film was banned by censorship. It was cut and shortened several times until it was seen by the Defence Minister Ustinov and Brezhnev, which led to further censorship of several scenes related to rocket science and politics. What's left of the film today is a patchwork of scenes of rocket launches, technical discussions mixed with politics, a fictitious love story. Fictitious are scenes showing Soviet political leaders and the Red Army Commanders in their nervous discussions about arms race and technology, showing the paranoia of the Cold War. Censorship and political influences are evident in the film, in some parts the editing is abrupt and hectic, because the banned footages of film were cut out and destroyed, so it affected characters development and caused incongruent cuts.
Soviet political censorship dominated over the filmmakers. Filming locations were top secret in the Soviet Union, such as the Baykonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and the Gagarin Space Center near Moscow. Military censorship watched the secret equipment and rocket science machinery that were not allowed to be seen, so several scenes with good acting were cut out and destroyed; the total length of destroyed footages was about 1200–1500 meters of film, so the film was reduced by more than one hour. Cinematographers expressed their regrets that several beauti
White Bim Black Ear
White Bim Black Ear is a 1977 Soviet drama film directed by Stanislav Rostotsky. It is based upon the book of the same name, written by Gavriil Troyepolsky and is about a white Scottish Setter with a black ear who becomes homeless because of his master's illness; the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 51st Academy Awards. Ivan Ivanovich, an older man, fond of reading and nature, buys a puppy despite the dog's improper coloration and black ear, which are considered faults in terms of its breed standard; the man names his dog Bim, takes him in the country to enable the dog to track birds, as is his nature. Ivan Ivanovich begins to develop heart problems, when the disease becomes worse, is taken to a hospital, his dog cannot bear waiting for the only person that cared for him, sets out to find his master. Thus begins the story of a stray dog and his adventures and encounters with many people, both kind and cruel, he is unable to find a permanent home. His owner returns home only to discover that Bim died.
Vyacheslav Tikhonov as Ivan Ivanovich Vasya Vorob'ev as Tolik Irina Shevchuk as Dasha Valentina Vladimirova as Sneaky Woman Andrey Martynov as driver Anya Rybnikova as Lyusya Yuri Grigor'ev as police officer Two English setters as Bim Hachikō List of submissions to the 51st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film List of Soviet submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film White Bim Black Ear at AllMovie White Bim Black Ear on IMDb White Bim the Black Ear