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Feb 9, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Silent filmGRAND PRIX (RACE FOR LIFE) with live accompaniment by Petr Čančura

Silent Film screening with live music by Petr Čančura


Silent film O VELKOU CENU (ZÁVOD O ŽIVOT), (GRAND PRIX (RACE FOR LIFE)) with live accompaniment by Petr Čančura


Czech Center NY at the Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, btw 1st and
2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10021


Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm



Directed by Vladimír Slavínský

Czechoslovakia 1922, 82 minutes



Former racing driver Harry Vard, who has promised his wife that he will no longer race, is now working as an engineer in a car factory and he guarantees a loan which comes to no good. Finding himself in dire straits, he agrees to take part in a race but is killed during his practice runs. His daughter Nelly is faced with improper advances from the owner of the car factory Sylvan, she places her younger brother and sister into a convent to be looked after and takes herself off to her grandmother, Mrs Jelínková. She starts a job. Before this time she had broken up with the student Karel without knowing that he is the son of František Lír, owner of rival car factory Meteor. Sylvan keeps a letter of apology which Karel had written. Ten months later another car race is being organised. Sylvan abducts racing driver Lagavec who was to drive the new car manufactured by the rival company. Nelly takes part in the race for Meteor and she wins; however, she faints from exhaustion. In the hospital she meets Karel Lír and, when he learns of the past, he challenges Sylvan to a fight. Nelly becomes Karel's wife and her brother and sister find a new grandfather in old Lír.


Petr Čančura

An imaginative and graceful improviser, Petr Cancura is emerging as one of the finest multi-instrumentalist on the scene today. With a musical personality known for its warmth and imagination, Čančura is sought-after for his original voice. With 16 released albums under his belt, he has recorded and performed with Grammy-nominated Danilo Perez, Bob Moses and Kathleen Edwards, John Lockwood, Joe Maneri, Cecil McBee and the Juno award-winning Mighty Popo among others.
The Petr Cancura Trio has been featured on CBC Radio’s Signal, and continues to tour internationally with acclaim. In 2007 Petr was a featured resident artist and co-ordinator at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s Ottawa Composers Collective as well as the Ottawa Folk Festival’s Cross-Cultural Experiment.


"Petr Cancura is a great musician. He has all of the skills, imagination, versatility, and artistry he needs to be one of the great saxophonists of his generation." Joe Morris, guitar legend


More info on www.petrcancura.com


321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Feb 9, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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