Case for a Rookie Hangman

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Case for a Rookie Hangman
200 px
Title screen from the opening credits
Directed by Pavel Juráček
Written by Pavel Juráček
Jonathan Swift
Based on Gulliver's Travels
Starring Lubomír Kostelka
Music by Luboš Fišer
Cinematography Jan Kališ
Edited by Miroslav Hájek
Distributed by Ústřední půjčovna filmů
Release dates
3 August 1970
Running time
102 minutes[1]
Country Czechoslovakia
Language Czech

Case for a Rookie Hangman (Czech: Případ pro začínajícího kata) is a Czech drama film directed by Pavel Juráček. It was released in 1970. The movie belongs to the Czech New Wave.

The movie can be classified as a surrealist[2] or absurdist[1] satire, and it is based loosely on the third book of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, but the story is transferred to an early 20th-century world in decay. The movie shows also the influence of Franz Kafka and Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).[3]

The satire is aimed at the Czechoslovakian society, and the movie was soon banned after its release in 1970.[2] That meant also the end of Juráček's career.[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "a case for the young hangman + late august at the hotel ozone". Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Case for Pavel Jurácek". UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. Pajukallio, Arto (2011-08-10). "Nuoren pyövelin tapaus". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). pp. D 5. 
  4. Pajukallio, Arto (2011-08-10). "Nuoren pyövelin tapaus". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). pp. D 5. 

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