Jan Hus

Otakar Vávra’s Jan Hus (1954). Epic scale Czech production, with interesting propaganda angle. The peasants referred to as ‘labourers’ and King Vaclav portrayed as benign, happily mixing with his subjects. The simoniacs clearly meant to equate to Western capitalists. Hus’s preaching against spiritual and worldly power become evil has a nicely antinomian message, but the caveat allows for ‘good’ (i.e. communist party) leadership. Enjoyable, nevetheless. Part of a trilogy on the Hussite Revolution. A clip or two here (sadly not translated).