Václavské náměstí

Wenceslas Square

Václavské náměstí

Script: Václav Táborský
Color: Black and white

Táborský's film documents life in the centre of socialist Prague - Wenceslas Square - in a witty and ironical way. The selection of spots where he filmed is quite limited and the situations he observes keep repeating: people waiting impatiently for their dates, pacing up and down, checking their watches every minute, their gestures when the other person arrives late... These patterns remain the same today, unlike Wenceslas Square itself which at the beginning of the 1960s served as the showcase of the Communist capital's increasing prosperity. This film, originally meant to show the country's fast development, has turned into a kind of historic comment, a nostalgic memory of socialist neon lights, large department stores and the buzz of wanna-be consumerist life inside.

Festival edition: 2001
Sections: Průhledné bytosti: Václav Táborský


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