History of Jaroslav Šabata

2007 / Czech Republic / 79min

The film features the psychologist, politician and journalist Jaroslav Šabata (*1927) who symbolizes half a century of Czech history. The film explains the traces left by left-wing intelligentsia who first served the communist regime (Mr Šabata started giving lectures at the Department of Marxism-Leninism in 1953), then tried to reform it (as an active politician during the Prague Spring of the late 1960s), and later still opposed it (as early as 1971 he was sentenced to six and a half years in prison), eventually to see it collapse and help build a new democratic country.



  • Original title
    Dějiny Jaroslava Šabaty
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Vít Janeček, Jakub Patočka
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Jiří Lívanec, Jiří Zykmund, Braňo Pažitka
  • Editing
    Hedvika Hansalová
  • Music
  • Sound
    Lenka Mikulová
  • Duration
    79 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
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  • Production
    Česká televize
    Kavčí hory
    140 70 Praha 4
    Czech Republic
    tel: 261137106
    fax: 261216628
    e-mail: petra.stovikova@ceskatelevize.cz, jitka.prochazkova@ceskatelevize.cz
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