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Sep 12, 2014 6:30 PM

Karel Hašler: The Immortal Balladeer of Prague

Film screening and sing-along.

Suggested donation $5.

Directed by Czech filmmakers Josef Lustig and Marek Jicha, the film documents life and accomplishments of Karel Hašler, the beloved Czech singer, songwriter, actor, and cabaret artist in the early 20th century in Czechoslovakia. The film also tells about his son Thomas and his search for the father he never met. Karel died one month after his son was born. The film will be introduced by Thomas Hasler. After the screening, we will sing in Czech some of the most popular songs written by Karel Hašler. Texts will be provided.

Karel Hašler was born in 1879 in Prague. He wrote and sang songs about the beauties of Prague and social and political issues. He composed around 300 songs and he also appeared in a number of films in the 1920s and 1930s. His songs were very popular and significant, especially during the Nazi occupation. One of them "Ta naše písnička česká" (That Czech Song) - eventually became his death sentence. Hašler wrote sarcastic lyrics to it. A colleague turned him in to the Gestapo and the 62-year-old Hašler was taken to the Mauthausen concentration camp where he was tortured to death in 1941.

"Karel Hašler had been so tied to Prague - like the sky above it," says Lustig within the first moments of the film.

Suggested donation $5.

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Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Sep 12, 2014 6:30 PM


Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in New York

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