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Jul 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Ballad for a Bandit - Summer on the Roof

This screening of the film is a part of Summer on the Roof film serie.



(Balada pro banditu), 1978, 89 min, dir. Vladimir Sis, music by Milos Stedron and Vlastimil Hala


In this forested regions wrinkled by mountains like a piece of paper that we are about to throw in the stove, there are still stories alive that make us smile foolishly only because they do not happen anymore. In this region of hills on hills and ravines in ravines where springs are born and old maple trees die in the decay of the dusk, there are magical places which no deer nor bear nor man ever left. There God still lives. (Ivan Olbracht)To stage this production with new actors and a new approach to the stage design and music, the director Peter Gábor invited several people: Jan Štěpánek (stage set), Katarína Holková (costumes), Vlastík Šmída (music rendition), Jiří Šimáček (accompaniment) and Jaroslav Moravčík (choreography). In the leading role of Nikola Šuhaj the bandit you can see Igor Orozovič accompanied by other members of the drama ensemble.  

The story is based on the novel by Ivan Olbracht who became famous for his exploratory journey to Carpathian Ruthenia. In the report Bandits he described banditry in this area. In the first half of the 1930s Olbracht lived in Koločava. He fell in love with the local area and its heroes who became alive in songs and legends. 

Milan Uhde and Miloš Štědroň made an adaptation of Olbracht’s Nikola Šuhaj the Bandit and wrote Ballad for a Bandit for the Goose on a String Theatre. After its golden era in the 1970s the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre was the first to stage this musical after the Velvet Revolution.


It would be hard to imagine films without songs and music as they follow the cinematography from its beginning. The songs play a prominent role in transmitting deep emotion of love and joy but also despair or revolt in a unique way that touches, opens or break down boundaries. This year’s selection of rooftop films reflects various tendencies in the use of music and songs revealing the different moods in the 20th Century.

We invite you to join us in this exciting journey through images and sounds!  

 Information about all screenings in the Summer on the Roof 2014 series: http://new-york.czechcentres.cz/program/event-details/summer-on-the-roof1/ 

Screening on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall starts every Tuesday after dusk. Door opens at 8pm.

In case of bad weather films will be screened at the BNH indoor cinema at 8pm.

Films are in Czech with English subtitles. Program may be subject to change.

Curated by Kristyna Milde

Admission: $10, tickets available online at: www.bohemianbenevolent.org/index.php/ticket/buytickets


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Jul 29, 2014 8:00 PM


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