(Films include English subtitles)
Screenings Begin in the Czech Classroom at 7pm
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September 16 The Power of the Powerless (Moc bezmocných) 2009; 78 Minutes; G; Political documentary starting in 1968; English. The film explores Czechoslovakia’s legacy of communist rule and the struggle against it. At the heart of the film is the story of blacklisted playwright Vaclav Havel (writer of a political essay by the same name) and his fellow dissidents who, for two decades, spoke out against totalitarianism. The film culminates with the student-led movement in Prague, which sparked 1989’s Velvet Revolution and drew a half-million people into the streets, catapulting Vaclav Havel into the presidency. The documentary features rare and never-before-seen interviews with key figures of the Velvet Revolution including Vaclav Havel.
November 18 You Kiss Like a God (Líbáš jako Bůh) 2009; 116 Minutes; PG; Comedy/Drama; English Subtitles. A likable high school French and literature teacher, whose healthy, light-hearted attitude has gained her popularity among teachers and students alike. Her personal life, however, has big surprises in store for her. Her extended family provides a wealth of opportunity for surprises. Life in the same apartment with her ex-husband, the successful writer Karel, problems with her widowed sister, her son’s marital troubles, and grandmother new-found love all keep her so busy that she doesn’t have time for her own life. And yet one day, just as she has all but given up on her dreams, something happens. A companion film, You Kiss Like a Devil was shown November 2017.
December 16 The Snowdrop Festival (Slavnosti sněženek) 1987; 84 Minutes; PG; Comedy/Drama; English Subtitles. Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Jiří Menzel, based on the book by Bohumil Hrabal, who plays a small part in the film. The film is set in a small village called Kersko (Central Bohemia where Hrabal retired). The film is about the lives, hobbies and relationships of people living in a small village.
March 17 John Hus, the journey of no return (Jan Hus: Cesta bez navratu), 2017; 55 Minutes; G; English dubbed. 14th century Czech priest and scholar John Hus is considered one of the first Protestant reformers. His interpretation of scripture and his bold stand against church corruption would strongly influence Martin Luther a century later. Hus spent his last days as a prisoner in Constance (Germany) on charges of heresy. During his imprisonment Hus formed an unusual friendship with one of his jailers, Robert Talio. Hus’s demonstration of faith in the face of death won Talio over to his cause. This historically based documentary produced for Czech television features outstanding dramatized scenes that reveal Hus’s humanity and depict his unwavering commitment to God’s mercy and justice.
April 21 He Stood at the Register/Cash Claim Chaos (U poklady stal) 1939/1951; 101 Minutes; GP; Comedy. The last film title, which director Karel Lamač made just before emigrating from his Nazi-threatened homeland (Czechoslovakia), was a double comedy starring Vlasta Burian. In the film, the popular comedian played the hospital nurse Kryštof Rozruch, who, thanks to a confusion with his superior, the respected mayor Mark, obtains a spa stay from the health insurance company. In the Rochov (Central Czech Republic) spa, the nurse meets the real Mark, who, on the other hand, pretends to be Ruby in front of his girlfriend Heda to test the power of her selfless love… The comedy full of confusion provided Burian and his colleagues with plenty of opportunities for improvisation.
May 19 Howling with the Angels 2006; 60 Minutes; PG 13; Political drama When Hitler’s Army marched into Czechoslovakia, a young Czech army captain joined the Resistance. But he had a secret no one knew..until now. In March 1939, Hitler’s army marched into Prague, Czechoslovakia. Jan Bodon, a young captain in the Czech Army – who also happen to be blond-haired, blue-eyed and fluent in German – was “asked” to join the Nazis. He promptly fled and joined the Czech Resistance Movement instead and was selected to help in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the “Butcher of Prague.” In this powerful documentary directed by Jan’s son, Jean Bodon uncovers the truth not only about Jan’s wartime experiences, but also discovers that his father was secretly a Jew in a country which underwent one of the largest extermination campaigns of the war. The assassination led to the Lidice massacre…an escape goat….In Illinois we remember this each May/June at the Lidice Commemorative Park in Crest Hill, a sister city.
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