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Citizen Havel (2008)

Obcan Havel (original title)
A documentary revealing former Czech president Vaclav Havel's private moments and backroom dealings.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Václav Havel ... Himself
Ivan Medek Ivan Medek ... Himself
Anna Freimanová Anna Freimanová ... Herself
Vladimír Hanzel Vladimír Hanzel ... Himself
Ladislav Spacek Ladislav Spacek ... Himself
Egon Ditmar Egon Ditmar ... Himself
Pavel Fiser Pavel Fiser ... Himself
Antonín Manena Antonín Manena ... Himself
Miroslav Sklenár Miroslav Sklenár ... Himself
Eliska Fucíková Eliska Fucíková ... Herself
Pavel Rechtácek Pavel Rechtácek ... Himself
Václav Klaus ... Himself
Milos Zeman ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself
Jacques Chirac Jacques Chirac ... Himself


A documentary revealing former Czech president Vaclav Havel's private moments and backroom dealings.

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Sceny z prezidentske kuchyne.






Czech Republic



Release Date:

31 January 2008 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Citizen Havel See more »

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Technical Specs


(director's cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in DVTV: DVTV Forum: Karel Kovár alias Kovy (2017) See more »


Written by George Gershwin
Performed by Reduta Band
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Unique document on an unique man
21 May 2012 | by mailprorebekuSee all my reviews

A humorous and humble reflection on the Czech symbol of humanity and decency in politics. Man who was such a great president despite of the fact(or just because of it) that he had never wanted to be political active. Typically, he would have been a great screen-writer who would have written his philosophical plays. But under the non-normal conditions of totalitarian " normalization" (time after Russian occupation 1969-1989) his philosophy of humanity must have become political and he must have become a politician, no matter how he tried to distant from this standpoint by calling it "unpolitical politics". The documentary reflects more than 10 years of the backstage of his presidency,where he is showed more as an ordinary man then as a president.He wasn't afraid to show uncertainty, pain, helplessness and he made no secret of the fact that his presidency had been really tiring for him. On the other hand, the documentary isn't just about the human background of one president, it reflects Central European political situation in 90's. And last but not least, the document is based on humor and optimistic unworldliness. I love scenes where Ex US president Bill Clinton played the saxophone (he got as a present from Havel) in a Jazz club as well as the scene where Havel tried to rescue the legendary Café Slavia etc.I could go on, but let's see yourselves.

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