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Singing Czech actors 10/XY:

Jan Brožek in tv series Vinaři (The Winemakers) S01E02 from 2014. 

Warning: it´s slightly NSFW-ish. To put this unexpected musical scene in the middle of a comedy series about Moravian villagers in some context, the character lost a bet, he had to make a striptease at a certain event, and he decided to do it with a bang, in the style of the famous scene from Miloš Forman´s Hair (1979).

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R.I.P. Pavel Landovský (1936-2014)

Significant Czech actor, occassional playwright and during 1970s and 1980s also political dissident, passed away on 10th October.

Pavel Landovský was associated with many Czech new wave films from 1960s, but ironically, his biggest and most famous roles were in more commercial films, mostly comedies.

To name a few, he was the title bachelor peasant in František Filip´s The Sorrows of Young Boháček (1969, 2nd pic), ingenuous Greek gastarbeiter Apostol in Antonín Kachlík´s I, Distressing God (1969), emperor Rudolf II. in Karel Steklý´s Mr. Vok´s Weddings (1970), a choleric officer in Oldřich Lipský´s The Italian Straw Hat (1971, 3rd pic), baffled batallion commander Mjr. Terazky in Zdenek Sirový´s Black Barons (1992, 4th pic) or recitent supermarket employee Mr. Řezáč in Jan Svěrák´s Empties (2007, 5th pic)

During his forced emmigration in 1980s, he also appeared in small parts in Miloš Forman´s Ragtime (1981) and Philip Kaufman´s The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). His last appearance on big screen was rather sad documentary Hoteliér (2013), which captured Landovský´s physical and mental decline.

Polednice is a female character (although in the picture she’s played by male Czech actor Bolek Polívka) of Slavic folklore that haunts children. She owes her popularity to Karel Jaromír Erben, who included story about her in his collection of poems Kytice

appearance: small, pale woman with wild face (hidden under cloth), walking on crutches to support her crooked limbs, gifted by a voice that strongly resembles gale
occurrence: 11:30 - 12:30 am, hence the name Polednice from poledne = noon
hobbies: abducting small misbehaved children
other special abilities: those who see her face will never laugh again

Her distant cousin is probably Klekánice who kidnaps children that are still roaming outside after the church or chapel bell rings in the evening. 

The Czech Lion Awards are essentially the Czech version of the Oscars, celebrating Czech filmmakers, Czech actors, and politely tolerating the hijinks of whoever the Czech equivalent of Steve Martin is. Not surprisingly, organizers of the event were thrilled to hear from Jim Carrey’s representatives, informing them that the actor would like to swing by, since he was in town filming a movie.\

The only problem was: It wasn’t Jim Carrey. It wasn’t even Jamie Kennedy. In fact, the guy looked less like Carrey and more like that ventriloquist dummy from Goosebumps. People should have really seen through the ruse, though, when he took the stage and instead of quipping “All righty then” or “Somebody stop me,” he didn’t say a goddamn word … because the impostor didn’t speak English.

Then he fired a confetti gun in the air like a maniac, because apparently people in Prague think Jim Carrey is Rip Taylor.

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Juraj Herz - The Cremator (Spalovač mrtvol) , (1969)
Juraj Herz (born 4 September 1934 in Kežmarok) is a Czech film director, actor, and scenic designer, born in Slovakia. He has directed for both film and television; in the latter capacity he has directed episodes of a joint French-Czech television series based on the Maigret novels of Georges Simenon. His 1971 film Petrolejové lampy, was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. His 1976 film Den pro mou lásku was entered into the 27th Berlin International Film Festival.Herz is of Jewish origin.

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Ladislav Fuks (September 24, 1923, Prague – August 19, 1994, Prague) was a Czech novelist.
He focused mainly on psychological novels, portraying the despair and suffering of people under German occupation of Czechoslovakia and holocaust. Most of his work is autobiographic - in all of his books we’d find a figure of sensitive, weak boy living in his own word and longing for friendship. While not a Jew himself, he felt much greater compassion for his Jewish friends that have been dragged to the concentration camps during his studies because as a homosexual man, he was facing a similar danger. His novels are often full of well-hidden jokes, some of them perhaps never uncovered.

And yes, this is the man responsible for The Cremator

  • Spalovač mrtvol (Literally “The incinerator of corpses” or “The Cremator”) -1967: A psychological horror story about a worker in a crematorium, who, through the influence of Nazi propaganda and oriental philosophy, becomes a maniac, and murders his entire family to “cleanse them” by death. It was made into a famous movie with Rudolf Hrušínský as the main actor.