"Oratorio For Prague"
Directed by Jan Nemec
unique document of the Soviet invasion of
Czechoslovakia in 1968 and one of the most
ever made, Oratorio for Prague "is a film so moving that one is
near tears from the first moment after the credits appear. The movie was begun as a
documentary about the liberalization of Czechoslovakia and then simply continued when the
Russian tanks moved in," wrote Renata Adler in The New York Times. The only
filmed record of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the raw footage for Oratorio
for Prague, when broadcast by television, was seen by more than 600 million people,
and offered the first information that the Soviet Army had not been
"invited" in. "The movie is shot in a style so poetic
and gentle that the humanism and generosity of spirit, which seemed about
to radiate from Alexander Dubcek and Czechoslovakia into the world, is
there intact...The whole film is marked with the restraint and beauty of
Jan Nemec's style" - New York Times. Also includes
never-before-seen scenes from the Prague Spring before the invasion.
Narrated in English. Black and white. 26 minutes.