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Aug 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Rooftop Ciné-concert: THE GENERAL

Masters of Silent Comedy.


Laugh out loud with the greatest silent comedians of all time! The comedic mastery of Buster Keaton, Marion Davies, and Harold Lloyd is eternal and continues to inspire awe. Let your jaws drop and roar with laughter as live musicians underscore the perfectly executed gags, astonishing stunts, and facial clowning. Indulge in silent comedies that won’t make you silent with the New York skyline and see where the night takes you – are you ready to laugh?

16 August at 7PM 

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Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, 1926, 78min

Rejected by the Confederate army and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), young Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) is given a chance to redeem himself when Yankee spies steal his cherished locomotive. Johnny wages a one-man war against hijackers, an errant cannon and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails.

After last year’s success, Czech musicians Karel Růžička and Michael Krásný are back on the rooftop! This year they will perform and introduce their American colleagues and frequent collaborators from New York City! 

Live Music:


Karel Růžička - saxophone

New York based saxophonist and composer Karel Růžička is a highly sought after performer and recording artist. Karel began his professional career at 16 as leader of “The Four” group in his native country Czech Republic. During his career he has recorded multiple award-winning albums and performed with many legendary musicians on the global scene such as - Karel Ruzicka Sr., George Benson, Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, Joe Locke, Bob Mintzer, Ravi Coltrane, Benny Rietveld, Ben E. King, Ronnie Burrage, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Fred Wesley, Michael Franks, and others. Karel Růžička’s new album “Grace and Gratitude” featuring pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Nate Smith is scheduled to be released in October 2018.


Brian Charette - keyboards

New York City organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll Rising Star: Organ award and has climbed to 4th place in The Critic's Poll main organ category. In 2015 Brian also won The Hot House Magazine's Fan's Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York.  Last year he released his new Circuit Bent Organ trio recording, Kürrent. He is also on the faculty of the Czech Summer Jazz Workshop at Jezek Conservatory in Prague. 



Introduction by: Vito Adriaensens - film historian 

Vito Adriaensens is a visiting scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Film Department, where he teaches the history of early cinema. His research focuses on the aesthetic, cultural and historical interaction between film, theater, and visual arts. He is the author of the upcoming monograph Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema and a co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema (with Steven Jacobs, Susan Felleman, and Lisa Colpaert). He is currently also the treasurer of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema.

Location: Rooftop, Czech Center NY, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY, 10021

7PM:   Rooftop opens for a welcome drink.

            Cocktails and snacks available. Cash bar provided by Bohemian Spirit Restaurant.

8PM:   Silent movie accompanied by live music upon sunset.

Please note: In the event of rain, the screenings will take place in the Bohemian National Hall.

In collaboration with Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association.



321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Aug 16, 2018 7:00 PM


Czech Centre

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