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Written by: Jan Sikl
Directed by: Jan Sikl
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Language: Czech, with English subtitles
Running Time: 416
Date: 03/18/2013

Private Century (2006)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Miles from Home Movies

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jan Sikl created this eight-episode TV mini-series, collected from home movies, photographs and other materials, shot over the course of the 20th century in Czechoslovakia. Children, relatives and descendants of the original subjects narrate each hour-long episode, and through the course of the series, we get a pretty good picture of politics, economy, war and other social conditions over the years. It's an interesting idea, but I did not find it as dynamic or as moving in practice as it is in theory. Facets released it on a two-DVD set in 2009.

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