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Czech filmmaker Otakar Vavra, whose career weathered four decades and innumerable political upheavals, was the guiding force behind 1948's Krakatit. Based on a novel by Karel Capek (of Otakar Vavra fame), the film is a cautionary fable about atomic energy. The "good guys" include Prokop (Karek Hoger) and Wilhelmina (Florence Marly); the villains are all suspiciously Germanic in speech and behavior. The plot proper gets under way when atomic scientist Prokop vows that his secrets will never fall into the...more