Big Beat is a 1993 Czech musical comedy directed by Jan Hřebejk. It is set in 1959 in Prague's Hotel International. The film was Hřebejk's breakthrough box-office hit and the first feature film made by Hřebejk and Petr Jarchovsky as a directing-writing team. Jarchovsky wrote the script based on a story by Petr Šabach. The music and lyrics were written for the film by singer-songwriter Ivan Hlas, and veteran cameraman Jan Malir also worked on the film. The film won four Czech Lion awards, including Best Film of 1993, Best Director (Hřebejk), Best Actor (Josef Abrhám) and Best Original Score.
The film is set in 1959 in and around the Hotel International. A young man calling himself "Baby" (Martin Dejdar) arrives at the home of Prokop (Josef Abrhám) and his family, ostensibly to care for their mutual elderly relative. Baby wears eccentric clothes, plays guitar, and has a passion for rock 'n' roll, and quickly starts to disrupt the lives of those in the local community.
|author||Jan Hřebejk Petr Jarchovský Petr Šabach|
|award||Czech Lion for Best Film|
|events||History of Czechoslovakia|
|keywords||adopt car crash change of heart communist party court dinner party force gang member hotel international hotel international prague journey home musical number rock and roll struggle young man|