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Czech Dream (Český sen in Czech) is a documentary film directed by two young Czech directors: Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda. The film was released in February 2004. It recorded a large-scale hoax perpetuated by Klusák and Remunda on the advertising industries and the Czech public, culminating in the "opening event" of a fake "hypermarket". The film was their final project for film school. Anti-consumerism is the rejection of consumerism. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Social movements are broader political associations focussed on specific issues. ... It has been suggested that Origins of anarchism and History of anarchism be merged into this article or section. ... Anti-globalization (anti-globalisation) is a political stance of opposition to the perceived negative aspects of globalization. ... For the psychology topic, see Environmental psychology. ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... 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Remunda and Klusák invented the "Český sen" hypermarket and created a massive advertising campaign around it. Posing as businessmen, the two film students managed to persuade an ad agency and PR agency to create a campaign for them. Billboards appeared on Czech highways, and 200,000 pamphlets were distributed in Prague. A jingle was recorded and there was a series of television commercials. The advertising campaign slogans were "don't come" and "don't spend", etc. An advertising campaign is a series of advertisement messages that share a single idea and theme which make up an integrated marketing communication (IMC). ... Nickname: City of a Hundred Spires Motto: Praga Caput Rei publicae Location within the Czech Republic Coordinates: Country Czech Republic Region Capital City of Prague Founded 9th century  - Mayor Pavel Bém Area    - City 496 km²  (191. ... A jingle is a memorable slogan, set to an engaging melody, mainly broadcast on radio and sometimes on television commercials. ...

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Still, the filmmakers succeeded in attracting more than a thousand shoppers to an empty plain for their "grand opening" on May 31, 2003. What looked like a huge building from a distance was actually only a canvas facade backed by scaffolding. This article is about the temporary framework. ...


The first customer arrived at about 7am for the 10am opening; she had risen to see the early morning partial solar eclipse, that the film shows being observed by Klusák and Remunda while they set up for the opening. [1]. Photo taken during the 1999 eclipse. ...


As customers gathered trinkets and small gifts were available - key chains and flags - so that everyone would leave with something. A Master of Ceremonies kept up a commentary as people gathered, and finally asked Klusák and Remunda, the 'managers', to cut a ribbon. After this the barricades were removed and people could walk or run towards the facade.


When the "customers" finally realised that they had been deceived, they reacted in different ways. Some understood the filmmakers' message, some tried to take it optimistically ("At least we had some fresh air") but most were angry and many decided to blame the government.


The idea for the hoax came from a 2002 study by Incoma Research reporting that 30 percent of Czechs shop mainly at hypermarkets. There has been growing concern in the country about the growth of advertising and consumerism. A hoax is an attempt to trick an audience into believing that something false is real. ... Commercialism redirects here. ... It has been suggested that affluenza and anti-consumerism be merged into this article or section. ...


Other than holding a sort of a mirror up to consumer society the film also shows how advertising companies work, what methods and tricks they use.


How easily we can fool ourselves is perhaps summed up by a quote in the film. Somewhere in the middle of the advertising campaign, the employees of the advertising agency (BBDO) have some moral doubts about advertising untrue things. One of them says: "Maybe you filmmakers lie to people, but we advertisers don't!" Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn is an advertising agency formed by merging of BDO (Barton, Durstine & Osborn) and Batten Co. ...


Prizes

The film has won some prizes at festivals in Kraków, Jihlava, Ljubljana and Århus; on 8th September 2006 it was broadcasted by the known TV ARTE, and on 26 September 2006 by Australia's Special Broadcasting Service TV. Wawel Hill, Old Town, Kraków. ... Jihlava â–¶(?) (German Iglau) is a city in the Czech Republic. ...   (IPA: ) is the capital and largest city in Slovenia. ... The cityhall of Ã…rhus. ... Arte is a Franco-German TV network, which aims to promote quality programming related to the world of arts and culture. ... September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is one of two government funded Australian public broadcasting radio and television networks, the other being the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). ...


External links

  • Czech Dream: official site of the film in English
  • Czech Dream: official site of the film in Czech (Czech)
  • Internet Movie Database entry for the film Czech Dream
  • Economist.com article
  • Český Rozhlas article
  • Prague Post article

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