Sokol Spirit’s 3rd Friday - CZECH FILM SERIES

(Films include English subtitles)


Screenings Begin in the Czech Classroom at 7pm

$5 donation includes free first pilsner, pop or soda



English Subtitles) on a different week..the 3rd Friday of the Month to coincide with the Sokol Spirit World Beer Club which starts at the end of the film!  The Czech films start at 7pm in our Czech classroom upstairs and with donation of $5 you get a free pilsner, pop, or water.                                                                             


2021 Events


September 17 THE GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK…100-year celebration of the book 1957; Part 1 99 & Part 2 90 minutes; PG for language; subtitles; Drama:  The exploits of Schweik, a good-natured buffoon in the Czech Army during WWI (1914-1918), whose mishaps bring disaster to rigid military situations. Though determined to do his duty, the messes he creates expose the weaknesses of the military as an institution and bring into sharp relief the absurdity of war. ..Similar to Catch 22 and Slaughterhouse 5 Tentatively Part 2 comes downstairs to the Spirit World Beer Club to be heard and have fun!


October 15 BLACK PETER/Černý Petr 1963/2004; 85 minutes; PG; subtitles; A delightful coming-of-age comedy, Black Peter finds its humor in the keenly observed details of youthful romance, teenage dissatisfaction, and the small moments of life. Includes an interview with Milos Forman. Czech director Milos Forman won first prize at the Locarno film festival for his first feature film.


November 19 THREE NUTS FOR CINDERELLA/Tři oříšky pro Popelku 1973; 83 Minutes; G; subtitles; Fairy tale story; The film stars Libuse Safránková as the title character, a young woman who is put upon by her stepmother and stepsisters. The film employs a twist, though, when a handsome prince comes knocking. Cinderella does not simply fall into the prince's arms. In this version, he must actively pursue the young woman who is a skilled sharpshooter prone to wearing hunting outfits. Cinderella also has three wishes at her disposal, gained from three magic nuts.  Traditionally shown at Christmas time in the Czech Republic/Slovakia.


2022 Events

January 21 Autumn Spring/ Babí léto 2001; 95 Minutes; PG-13 for language; Subtitles; Bittersweet Comedy in the Czech tradition; Vladimir Michalek’s Autumn Spring stars the great Vlastimil Brodsky (Closely Watched Trains; Jacob The Liar) as Fanda, an old man who refuses to grow up.  Despite pleas from his exasperated wife Emilie and son who want him to make some serious decisions about the future, he ignores their nagging and spends the days seeking amusement and adventure.  Aided by his pal and former theatre colleague.  Fanda keeps his acting skills sharpened by pretending to be a host of fascinating characters.  


February 18 Piemule; The Old Believers Documentaries 1983 (45 Minutes); 2001 (43 Minutes); Interview with producer/director Jana Sevcikova at Telluride, CO fill festival 2002.G; Subtitles; B/W; Piemule is about an ethnic group of Czechs which settled over a hundred and fifty years ago in the hills not far from Timisoara. The ancestor’s of today’s inhabitants, craftsmen and farmers, came to the Romanian highlands around the year 1822 with their families for work and livelihood.

In the 17th Century religious schism occurred in Russia when Nikon was elected and reformed dogmas and rituals to unite Russian and Greek Orthodox churches..many challenged this as they felt it belittled traditions.  Those that suffered were called Old Believers. Some relocated to China but were sent to Hong Kong, others to Australia, Brazil, Oregon and Alaska.  The documentary follows a group some who fled to Turkey on the banks of the Danube Delta of modern day Romania.  They fled from a land between Germany and Bohemia, Czech Republic 


March 18 Private Century Part 1 and 2 of a Series of 8, hour-long films; 2009; PG 13 Female nudity; Subtitles; Home B/W movies; Jan Sikl edits together actual home-movie footage from the 1920’s to the 1960’s in order to chronicle the history of Czechoslovakia in the 20th Century.  Part 1 Daddy and Lili Marlene Scenes in a wealthy family including the Sokol Festival of 1938; Seisser family visiting Berlin in 1933 with early evidence of Nazi Party slogans; In 1941, Lili becomes involved in the party life of the bourgeois Sudeten Germans; Divorced Lili remarries a German and retreats to safety in Germany sneaking back to Czechoslovakia for visits; Part 2 King of Velichovky Karl Seisser are deported to Germany in the Summer of 1945 from Sudetenland; A son-in-law is held in Russia and another by Americans. A view of ordinary lives of Czech people. 


April 15 Lemonade Joe or THE HORSE OPERA/Limonádový Joe aneb Koňská opera 1964; 97 Minutes; G; subtitles; B/W; Comedy Satire;  The movie is a 1964 Czechoslovak acid western comedy film, directed by Oldřich Lipský and written by Jiří Brdečka, based on his novel and stage play. The film, a musical parody of old-time westerns, enjoys a near-iconic status in the Czech Republic as well as a considerable cult following, and Henry Fonda was reportedly among its foreign admirers.


May 20 Lidice-Fall of the Innocent 2011; 121 Minutes; GP-violence; WWII massacre of the town of Lidice; Presented as a true story about the deputy Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich who arrives in Prague as commander; two men from Lidice, one in jail and one who brags about his resistance fighting against the Germans which leads the Germans back to the town when Heydrich is assassinated in May 


Sokol Spirit’s Education Committee reserves the right to change movies due to circumstances beyond their control. RELAX after the FILM at the WORLD BEER CLUB starting at 8PM themed beer and snacks with donation! 




Sponsor: Foreign Language Committee of Sokol Spirit





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