CANCELED: The Barnabáš Kos Case
(Prípad Barnabáš Kos)
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A film scholar, journalist, teacher, and curator, Gabriel M. Paletz has written for Variety and now teaches at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic.
Josef Kemr, Milivoj Uzelac, Jarmila Košťová, Viliam Polónyi,
What happens to a humble tinkler of the triangle, suddenly appointed party director of his orchestra? The Barnabáš Kos Case works this fanciful scenario into a droll, sharp plot. Touched by a little power, a minor musician turns cultural tyrant. The story for the film languished for seven years before the stirrings of the Prague Spring permitted its production. Yet Slovak director Peter Solan and his collaborators gave the film both the verve of the Czech New Wave and the economy of a classical Hollywood movie. With its satire of art in the grip of ignorant masters, Barnabáš has bite beyond the travesties of the socialist state.