Nov 30, 2011 7:30 PM
Madam Le Murie and other short films
FILM EXHIBITION - one night screening event of various digital formats and film prints. Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd Street, Brooklyn
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This event focuses on the recognition and remnants of memory realized through the hybridization of science fiction and direct observation. It will explore, especially in such a transient and transcendent age, the bizarre and beautiful magic and tumult that comprises fabricated and found progression and permanence.
Bridges-Go-Round by Shirley Clarke
Kelly's Apollo by Joseph Bennett
The Last Soviet by Kerry Tribe
All That Remains by Ryan Marino
Where Other by Lorenzo Gattorna
Untitled by Gregory Zucker
Madame Le Murie by Petr Vaclav
Madam Le Murie (Paní Le Murie)
Directed by Petr Vaclav, 1993, 39 minut
In Czech with English subtitles
Petr Vaclav's documentary Pani Le Murie (Madam Le Murie, 1993) depicts the last survivor of an aristocratic family who refused to bow to Communism.
The true tragedy to Le Murie's story starts before Communism. She entered a relationship with a local lad and soon realised that she was completely in love. The feeling was not reciprocated, and she soon realised that to him, she was nothing special. The experience broke her heart, and she claims that, after that, she was incapable of feeling any emotion. And it is this detachment which enables her to view the world with startling objectivity. It might also explain how she managed to survive the long years of the Communist era at the very edge of society.
When the Communists took power, the Le Murie family roughed up their mansion, as they had done at the end of the War, to make their riches seem less and to attract less attention from the Communists. They thought they would be rehoused and their family home nationalised, but amazingly, they were permitted to stay - although everything was done to try and convince them not to: the water and electricity supplies were cut off soon after the Communists took over. The other members of the family didn't weather the Communist years well: gradually they fell weary and, despite the care of Le Murie herself for them, they died.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd Street, Brooklyn
Nov 30, 2011 7:30 PM
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event