A period in the life of diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, who was the son of Czechoslovakia's founder, served as the country's minister of foreign affairs and is believed by many to have been killed by the Communists in 1948.

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It is 1939. Flamboyant Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk has fled to America to escape his recent past. Germany has invaded Czechoslovakia and Masaryk is now a man with no nation. In America he tries to forget the personal and political betrayal he and his country have suffered but these events shadow his every step. As the Czechoslovak ambassador in London, Masaryk failed to win the support of the British and could not avert the ruination of his country. With the help of Dr. Stein, an emigre German psychiatrist, and the beautiful writer Marcia Davenport, Masaryk tries to overcome his demons and re-live the dramatic events leading to the outbreak of the second world war. Written by anonymous

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Jeremy Irons was originally considered for the part of Neville Chamberlain, eventually played by Paul Nicholas. See more »

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Marcia Davenport: You'll get better. But don't become boring. Don't bother coming if you do.
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Stray pack of the Czech Lions
27 March 2017 | by (the Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

Picture about a kind-hearted, jolly man with a complicated soul. Such a movie would Jan Masaryk deserve, unfortunately, he did not get. Not even a pack of twelve Czech Lions means that Julius Ševčík's rendering of the Masaryk's story is extraordinary.

The only thing which cannot be denied to this film is rather decent cinematography. However, it is necessary to add that either the rest of the pictures participating in the competition for the Czech Lion Awards are, as for photography, not poor at all. Nevertheless, the academics decided to award Masaryk and their choice is basically above reproach. It is also not possible to more seriously object to awarding Masaryk for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Stage Design, Sound, Music, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling and nor for Film Editing to some extent. Because none of that was utterly bad.

Worse is the case of awarding the film for Best Director and Screenplay. The thing is that even a relatively observant and well-educated viewer can have an issue with understanding frequent switching from one time line to another. Authors also place incomprehensibly great emphasis on scenes in which, in fact, nothing important is happening and only music is creating a semblance of action in them. Moreover, some of them are overly long.

Really odd is the fact that the Czech Lion Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role has been given to Karel Roden. No matter how absolutely great he was in his other roles, in this case he can definitely not dazzle any viewer who knows at least something about Jan Masaryk, saw him on photos or heard him speak. Roden's performance cannot even convince such a viewer that he is watching Jan Masaryk on the screen and not just a disguised actor. Viktor Fischl, who had the honour to work by the side of Jan Masaryk on the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs in London during WWII, wrote this in his book about him: 'barely to find a person who would be more kind to anyone he met. His smiling joviality could persuade every man after the first ten minutes that he may call Masaryk just Jan and consider him to be a friend for life and death.' However, it seems as if Roden's portrayal of Jan Masaryk is lacking this kindness and joviality and the actor replaced it with bitterness and some kind of timidness instead. Of course, Jan Masaryk was a complicated personality, which was torn in its own way, but somehow differently torn than Roden's character. It is really a great pity that a film about a Czech history figure did not totally manage to depict this figure.

It is hard to say whether there is to blame only the actor for the way of the portrayal of the leading character, because also the director and screenplay have a huge influence on that. Exactly this trio creates an impression of the whole film. An impression which is somehow wishy-washy, mainly because of the fact that the plot of the film is ending already during the Second World War. The rest of the life of Jan Masaryk is set on the screen in just a few sentences of the plain text before the ending credits. The story is basically lacking both the background and the end. Yet this all is being replaced with the scenes of Jan Masaryk dancing and making love which probably according to the authors represent important and from the picture uncuttable part of the life story of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk's son. Who would care about Jan Masaryk's childhood, path to maturity, development of the relationship to his father, realization of the duty to fatherland and dealing with the post war situation, while instead of that he can watch Karel Roden wiggling to the sound of saxophone.

The authors of Masaryk shot a movie that the viewers want to watch, which is also reflected in the number of the Czech Lion Awards it has been given. There is also an award for the Best film among them. At the end of the projection my eyes watered. Not because I was so deeply moved neither because of the realization how much the authors managed to bungle this story. It was because I was really sad, that nobody in the Czech republic is able to shoot beautiful, kind, but yet not glamorizing film about Czech history. A film which will not concentrate on the things which the viewer needs, but what needs and deserves our fatherland.


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