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Jan Triska, Star of ‘Ronin’ and ‘Ragtime,’ Dies at 80 After Fall From Bridge in Czech Republic

  • The Wrap
Jan Triska, Star of ‘Ronin’ and ‘Ragtime,’ Dies at 80 After Fall From Bridge in Czech Republic
Jan Triska, a Czech actor who starred in such Hollywood movies as “Ronin” and “Ragtime,” has died after a fall on Saturday from Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80 years old. According to the Associated Press, Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death on Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital overnight from his injuries after Saturday’s fall. The circumstances of the fall are still unclear. Triska moved to the United States in 1977 after he signed a human rights manifesto against Czechoslovakia’s then-Communist government, according to The Guardian. He had been inspired by his close friend,
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Ronin

Robert De Niro picks up a gun once again as a highly paid spy-mercenary-thief hired for a bit of international larceny, the robbing of a courier of some undisclosed secrets of one kind or another. Juicing up a Melville- like stoic crime fantasy with superb car stunt work puts director John Frankenheimer back in the game, with a worthy project.

Ronin

Blu-ray

Arrow Video USA

1998 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 122 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video 39.95

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgard, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska, Jonathan Pryce.

Cinematography: Robert Fraisse

Film Editor: Tony Gibbs

Original Music: Elia Cmiral

Written by J.D. Zeik, David Mamet (as Richard Weisz)

Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.

Directed by John Frankenheimer

Ronin is something of a last gasp for the Mancuso-era United Artists (MGM), a lavishly appointed all-on-location major action picture directed by a great
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The Forgotten: An Empty Room and the Right Kind of People

  • MUBI
Jan Švankmajer seems to have entered that slightly awkward phase of the arthouse auteur's career where he's apt to be underappreciated. The critics have already said all the obvious things about him, he's had a few films place in pantheonic positions of a kind (Dimensions of Dialogue, Alice), and so we're ready to allow the dust to gather on his legacy. Yet the Great Man remains obstinately and inconveniently alive, and still making films.

His latest, Surviving Life (Theory and Practice), is doing the festival rounds, while its immediate predecessor, Lunacy (2005), has faded into the obscurity of the recent-but-not-current. I'm as guilty as anyone of this neglect: I didn't see Lunacy when it came out. preferring to wait for DVD release. I admit to being less than enamored with Conspirators of Pleasure (1996), although I quite liked Little Otik (2000), and even participated in a TV play somewhat influenced by it. Needless to say,
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Lunacy and Sheitan (Tribeca Flashback Review)

  • Fangoria
Having examined the American fright features populating the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival’s Midnight collection, it’s high time to look at a pair of European genre movies playing the event. One of them is actually part of the Spotlight section instead, as Lunacy's Czech writer/director Jan Svankmajer, at age 71, now qualifies as a Grand Old Man of oddball cinema as opposed to the young turks populating the Midnight realm. And despite its title, Lunacy may be the least “mad” of Svankmajer’s features, committing (pardon the pun) to a straightforward story interspersed with the filmmaker’s traditional surreal stop-motion animation. In an onscreen introduction, the filmmaker describes his latest work as “a horror film, with all the degeneracy of the genre,” and is interrupted by a fleshy animated tongue skittering past his feet. That’s a sign of things to come, as the stop-motion isn’t nearly as
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FILM REVIEW - 'The Elementary School' By Henry SheehanAn episodic and nostalgic comedy set in post-World War II suburban Prague, "The Elementary School'' was the Czech nominee in the 1991 best foreign film Oscar balloting. Given its gentle tone and wry perspective, as well as increasing stateside interest in things Czech, the film has definite commercial possibilities, perhaps as good as "My Sweet Little Village,'' which, like this outing, was scripted

FILM REVIEW - 'The Elementary School' By Henry SheehanAn episodic and nostalgic comedy set in post-World War II suburban Prague,
At the film's center are a pair of 10-year-olds, Eda (Vaclav Jakoubek) and Tonda (Radoslav Budac), part of a whole elementary class of rascals whose bad behavior has dispatched their teacher to an asylum. Her replacement turns out to be the semi-uniformed, charismatic Igor Hnizdo (Jan Triska) who soon enforces class order by slapping palms with a willow branch and then demanding a thank you for the punishment.

Mr. Hnizdo, by his own confession, seems to have been solely responsible for the defeat of the Nazis, and soon the boys are bound up in hero worship.

Quirks of character and fate dictate the meandering story line: For example, whatever the truth of his other exploits, Hnizdo turns out to be an inveterate and indefatigable womanizer. In the same vein, Eda's father (played by screenwriter Sverak), the persnickety head engineer of the local power plant, turns out to be at the very least the heroic equal of Mr. Hnizdo.

Director Jan Sverak, the screenwriter's son, elevates atmosphere above all, so that a ride the boys hitch aboard a passing freight train becomes an excuse for an idyllic evocation of landscape and aging machinery.

Despite some conversations among the adults, few overt political points are made, though the sense of missed historical opportunities and blighted futures is, if muted, hard to ignore. This is nostalgia with a sharp point.

THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Film export Prague Barrandov Film Studios, Creative Production Group Vydra, Dudova Production

Director Jan Sverak

Story-script Zdenek Sverak

Director of photography F.A. Brabec

Music Jiri Svoboda

Production designers Vladimir Labsky, Gabriela Kubenova

Editor Alois Fisarek

Color

Cast:

Eda Vaclav Jakoubek

Tonda Radoslav Budac

Igor Hnizdo Jan Triska

Mr. Soucek Zdenek Sverak

Running time -- 96 minutes

No MPAA rating

(c) The Hollywood Reporter

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