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Dusan Hanák

Paper Heads (Papierove Hlavy)

Director Dusan Hanák Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rossini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Edition 1997
96' - 1995 - Documentary - Dialogue: Slovak
From the end of the Second World War to the Velvet Revolution the Czech and Slovak peoples were subject to a regime which ruled by oppression and fear. They suffered human rights violations and police harassment. "Paper Heads" depicts and analyses the various mechanisms and facets of an ideology which collapsed at the same time as the soviet empire, in 1989, at the very moment when the desire for freedom of the Czechs and Slovaks became an irresistible force. Dusan Hanak has fixed these events on film using eyewitness accounts and archival footage that has never been seen before. "Paper Heads" is a vast and vivid tapestry of colours, marked by the comic appearance of the expressionless masks of former apparatchiks.

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Dusan Hanák


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rossini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Dusan Hanák

Director of Photography

Alojz Hanusek


Patrick Pasj


Marian Urban

Production studios

Alef Studio

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Countries of production

Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France