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  • Actors: Marek Daniel
  • Directors: Marek Najbrt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Czech
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005AY110O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1938, Prague. Emil, a radio reporter, is married to the beautiful Hana, an actress whose new film has catapulted her into fame. As the Nazis come to power, however, Hana's Jewish heritage precipitates her fall from stardom to the bottom of the social ladder. In order to protect her, Emil compromises himself collaborating with the new Nazi-controlled state radio station. But as Emil starts enjoying the attention and respect that had previously evaded him, his fidelity and loyalty towards his wife begin to falter. The assassination of the Third Reich Deputy Protector and a chance encounter on a bicycle bring their lingering marriage to a crisis, possibly sealing Hana's fate.

Review

Striking! A smart, handsome drama. --Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

Winner - Best Feature Film --Starz Denver Film Festival

Winner - Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress --Czech Lion Awards (Czech Oscars)

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To truly understand this movie it is nearly essential that you know something about Czechoslovakia in the years 1938 through the Second World War. In 1938, Czechoslovakia was an independent country and facing down the growing might of Nazi Germany. With strong border fortifications and a promise of assistance from the Soviet Union, it seemed likely that the Czechs would be able to hold off the Germans. Furthermore, if France were to attack in the west with any resolve, Germany may have been defeated.
However, the Munich accords that were reached in late September of 1938 changed everything in Czechoslovakia. Britain and France sacrificed Czech integrity by forcing the country to give up the Sudentenland to Germany. Britain and France also extracted a promise from Hitler that he would leave the remainder of the country alone. In order to collect some of the spoils, Poland and Hungary grabbed sections of Czech territory; their turn to be the spoils would come later. Once there was nothing to stop him, Hitler occupied the remainder of the country in 1939, calling it a protectorate.
These actions turned the defiant Czechs into a morally defeated population where the people were forced to adapt to the current reality. For the Jews, this meant being subject to harsh restrictions before they were rounded up and sent to the camps. Some Czechs were able to reach accommodations with the Germans that kept them safe and even allowed them to flourish.
As the film opens, Emil is a Czech radio reporter in Prague that is not well known. His wife Hana is a Jewish actress that has just completed a film that everyone expects to be a major success. Emil is jealous of Hana's success, objecting to her kissing another man, even when it is on film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harbour on January 12, 2012
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Stylish film about a Jewish actress who must go into hiding in Nazi occupied Prague in the 30s and her husband, a radio journalist, who gains prominence as a spokesman for the occupiers. Their fortunes, prominence and notoriety reverse; she bridles at her confinement and obscurity, he thrives in the limelight. And then ...

A tense noir drama.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Barger on March 27, 2013
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Marek Najbrt's Protektor is one of the stupidest movies I have seen in a long time.

It is the story of Hana Vrbata, a self-centered Jewish movie starlet, and her husband, Emil Vrbata, a journalist who works as a radio announcer in Prague.

The Nazis occupy Czechslovakia just as shooting is wrapping up on a film Hana is starring in. On older actor who is Jewish understands how dire the situation is and leaves before the Nazis take over.

He warns Hana and gives her documents for her and her husband to escape to Switzerland.

In the first act of monumental stupidity she burns them up. The second act of monumental stupidity occurs when someone, presemubly the older Jewish actor, sends documents to allow Hana and Emil to flee the country, and Emil burns them up.

It all goes downhill from there moving from stupidity to stupidity.

The film has won awards and has been praised for its stylishness etc.

What bunk. If you like your WWII Nazis-hunt-down-Jews movies extra-stupid you will love Protektor.

Otherwise, settle in for Dumb and Dumber. It will be time better spent.
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