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Aug 21, 2012

SUMMER ON THE ROOF - If a Thousand Clarinets

Screening on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall. Admission: $10. Screening starts at dusk. Door open at 7pm. Screening is on the occasion of the occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968.

Admission: $10  BUY TICKETS
Screening starts at dusk.
Films are in Czech with English subtitles.
In case of bad weather films will be screened at the indoor cinema.
Tickets are not refundable.


If a Thousand Clarinets (Kdyby tisíc klarinetů)
Directed by Jan Rohac and Vladimir Svitacek, 1965, 130 min.

The deserter Schulz is a lousy soldier but a good clarinet player. As he tries to escape from a military garrison near the town of Alkalis, he is caught, and when he is danger of being shot, the machine guns of his captors are transformed into clarinets - as are all the other weapons of the military base. A TV crew from the station Televis convince the soldiers that the musical instruments look much nicer than weapons, and the soldiers agree to quickly rehearse and put on a huge chorus show the next evening at the base. The Minister of War orders this insurgency stopped. Officers of the base feel the same and plot to thwart the broadcast of the show and bring the situation back to "normal".

Ján Roháč, Vladimír Svitáček: Jan Roháč (1932-1980) was a television and theater director. He graduated from DAMU in Prague. He worked at leading Czech theaters and in TV, for which made several successful movies, series and programs - for example the talk show Hovory H (1968) and Once There Were Two Typists (Byli jednou dva písaři, 1972). - Vladimír Svitáček (1921-2002) was a film and television director, screenwriter and actor. He first worked at Barrandov studio and later graduated from FAMU. He debuted with the film The End of the Fortune-Teller (Konec jasnovidce, 1957 - filmed together with Janem Roháč, with whom he formed a creative partnership). From his extensive TV productions we'll mention A Pound on Demand (Uspořená libra, 1963) and the talk show Hovory H. (1968). Both directors won success with the musical comedy If a Thousand Clarinets (1964), and the interactive experiment Kinoautomat: One Man and His House (Člověk a jeho dům, 1967).


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