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Aug 11, 2015 7:00 PM

Rooftop Ciné-Concerts Series: Blonde Venus

Music overture by duo Libretto Metro: Pavlína Horáková, singer; Drew Spradlin, pianist

The Czech Center 2015 ROOFTOP CINÉ-CONCERT SERIES is proud to host another unforgettable night under the stars where we will be serenaded with song and silent movies. On Tuesday 11 August the rooftop will ring out with the operatic sounds of mezzo-soprano Pavlína Horáková. Her concert will be followed by one of the early ‘talkie’ films, Blonde Venus.


This successful event has created quite a loyal following throughout July and this evening should be another unforgettable experience of movies, music and moonlight.


Pavlína Horáková  is a rising star who is the winner of the Czech National Vocal Competition. She performed the title role in the opera Carmen and Berta in the Barber of Seville with the Opera Amore. She has sung a number of solo recitals in New York and she also created and successfully launched a new project:  “Voice New York” in Prague.  From her experience as a voice student in the Czech Republic, she is aware of the limited opportunities for talented young Czechs to receive voice training on a high level at a reasonable cost, and decided to initiate a program to address this need. Pavlína will be accompanied by her pianist for this concert.

The ‘Fallen Women’ themed movie, Blonde Venus was made in 1932 and directed by Josef von Sternberg. This early ‘talkie’ stars Marlene Dietrich, Carey Grant and Herbert Marshall.

American chemist Ned Faraday marries a German entertainer and starts a family. However, he becomes poisoned with Radium and needs an expensive treatment in Germany. Wife Helen returns to nightclub work to attempt to raise the money and becomes popular as the Blonde Venus. In an effort to get enough money sooner, she prostitutes herself to millionaire Nick Townsend. In which life does she truly belong?

What could she do but flee from love? She loved two men at once!

Dietrich performs three musical numbers in this film, including the now obscure ‘You Little So-and-So’ and ‘I Couldn’t Be Annoyed’. The highlight is the infamous “Hot Voodoo’ which is nearly 8 minutes in length.

Director: Josef von Sternberg, 1932, 93 min., "early talkie"

This is an exclusive event with only 75 available seats. Don’t miss out, book your seats now – it will be the Bees Knees!!

Tickets: $15 Regular | $10 Members of the Czech Center Club


(Seats are limited and will be available on a “FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE” basis)

Please note: In the event of rain, the screenings will be in the elegant ballroom on the 4th floor.


Organized in collaboration with the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association.


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Aug 11, 2015 7:00 PM


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