The Opening of the Wells

  • Czech Republic 
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The Opening of the Wells with music by the Czech composer, Bohuslav Martinu was supposed to be part of Laterna Magika II.: Tour programme in 1960. However, it was banned by the communist committee tasked with judging the performance from “a politically correct” point of view. The committee claimed that Radok’s manners and morals were behind the times, and that the director did not show the ultra-modern techniques of Czechoslovakian agriculture.

The premiere was postponed and Radok was fired from the Laterna Magika Theatre. His young colleagues (including Milos Forman) were officially asked to finish the rehearsals without the controversial part, and to make other minor changes in other scenes (these changes were made). Alfred Radok considered this to an unforgivable betrayal, as he expected them to leave the theatre to support him.



  • Original Title
    Otvírání studánek
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Jaroslav Kučera
  • Music
    Bohuslav Martinů
  • Runtime
    18 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
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