The life story of each of us is unique and unrepeatable. The „Private Century“ shows history as intimate human stories. The fate of two generations of Hvanhara family depicted through 1920 - 1970 is an apt reflection of the fate of Czechoslovakia of 20th century.
František was born in Žižkov neighbourhood in Prague. His father was the founder of film a distributors company and a network of cinemas. American slapsticks and mainly Westerns formed the world, in which he grew up. The stories from the pre-war cinemas influenced František for his whole life. „See you in Denver“ - that was a quotation of their favourite heroes, which they as boys used to say good-bye.
When his father lost his business after the WW2 and the Westerns disappeared from the screens, Fratišek with his friends started to shoot films themselves. The Westerns always featured the duel of the good and evil. As František used to say, he always tried to stand on the right side. His life credo and optimism was not destroyed by the ban on his studying, nor his groundless imprisonment. However, the lack of freedom and intolerance of the regime placed František in opposition. And when 1968 came he decided to emigrate over the ocean to visit all the places he had heard so much about as a child, to make his childhood dream come true.
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