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Aug 20, 2013

Czech That Film - Cutting it Short

Czech That Film - a festival of Czech cinema on the Rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall. Presented by Staropramen.

Screenings on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall start after dusk. Doors open at 7pm.
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.

Admission: $10, tickets available online at: www.bohemianbenevolent.org/index.php/ticket/buytickets
Tickets are not refundable.



Cutting it Short
Postřižiny (1981, 93 min.), dir. Jiří Menzel
Tuesday, August 20, BNH roof opens at 7pm 

Part of the Czech New Wave era of the 1960s, Jiří Menzel earned an early reputation as one of the forefathers of modern Czech cinema. His work over the years solidified him a position at the top of the industry along with another top Czech filmmaker of the time, Miloš Forman. With his debut feature film Closely Watched Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky 1966), Menzel won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. In 1969, he wrote and directed Larks on a String, (Skřivánci na niti) considered by many to be his best movie. The Czech Film Academy awarded him a Czech Lion for making a significant and lasting impression on Czech film in 1996.

A classic piece of Czech cinema based on the novel by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal recollecting his childhood memories from a brewery in a small town. The peaceful family harmony provided by balance between his charming, outgoing and emancipated mother and shy and reserved father is shattered by unexpected arrival of uncle Pepin, a loud storyteller and globetrotter. A great film comedy full of lyricism, imaginative exaggeration and grotesque situation.

Czech That Film, sponsored by Staropramen, is organized by the Czech Center in collaboration with the Consulates General of the Czech Republic in Chicago and Los Angeles in cooperation with the Gene Siskel Film Center and UCLA Film Television.




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Aug 20, 2013


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