Case for a Rookie Hangman is a 1970 Czech film drama directed by Pavel Juráček.
The film can be classified as a surrealist or absurdist satire. It is based loosely on the third book of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, but the story is transferred to an early 20th-century world in decay. The movie shows also the influence of Franz Kafka and Lewis Carroll.
This movie contains examples of:
- Bittersweet Ending - Gulliver leaves Balnibarbi without being executed but his effort to show them how irrational their regime is fails.
- Down the Rabbit Hole - Gulliver's arrival to Balnibarbiis similar to Alice in Wonderland. Tunnell seems as a Hole. He also finds a dead Bunny.
- The Dog Bites Back - When a Hangman students hits Gulliver during interrogation, Gulliver stands up and returns the punch.
- Karma Houdini - Gulliver
- Only Sane Man - Gulliver
- Surreal Horror - Gulliver's first moments
- World in the Sky - Laputa