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Death of Stalinism in Bohemia

Czech Republic, 1992 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures - Oberhausen Retrospective)

Director: Jan Svankmajer

A condensed imaginative survey of Czechoslova­kia's 42 years under communist rule-as seen through the eyes and mind of surrealist Jan Svankmajer.

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