Jul 1, 2014 7:00 PM - Jul 9, 2014
SUMMER ON THE ROOF
Outdoor screenings of Czech musical films. It would be hard to imagine films without songs and music as they follow the cinematography from its beginning. The silent films were accompanied by live performance by a pianist or organist, sometimes even a whole orchestra. The scores were tailored to fit, but gradually written directly for the film. Later the introduction of sound films in the mid to late 1920s started a new era, a new marriage. Many songs emerging from cinema became hits and a part of the pop culture even being sold as records and broadcasted on the radio. The songs in the film play a prominent role in transmitting deep emotion of love and joy but also despair or revolt in a unique way that touches, opens or break down boundaries. This year’s selection for the Summer on the Roof films reflects various tendencies in the use of music and songs revealing diverse moods in the 20th Century Czechoslovakia. We have the light hearted romantic comedy like “Christian” (1939), dreamy New Wave surreal tale “Valerie and her Week of Wonders” (1970), the iconic politically charged musical “Hair” by Milos Forman (1979) and finally we can dance through the Russian invasion in 1968 with the musical “Rebels” (2001). Together the film and music are powerful tools to transmit deep emotion like love and joy but also despair; rouse a revolt and break down boundaries. We hope you will join us for the Summer on The Roof 2014 and will enjoy the exciting journey through images and sounds.
OR YOUR LIFE
(Penize nebo zivot), 1932, 90 min dir. Jindrich Honzl, music by Jaroslav Jezek
Voskovec and Werich's second feature film with music by Jaroslav Jezek includes the famous song “Life is only an accident” (Zivot je jen nahoda). It follows two childhood friends- one a petty criminal, the other a suicidal pawn of his rich in-laws, who are accidentally reunited in pursuit of a stolen gem.
TUESDAY, JULY 1
(Kristian), 1939, 95 min dir. Martin Fric, music by Slava Eman Novacek
This iconic film is one of the M. Fric's best comedies from the 30's picturing the 1st Czech Republic society. Czech officer (Oldrich Novy) married to Marenka (Natasa Gollova) spends an evening each month in the lavish Orient bar pretending to be a wealthy man and seducing women.
TUESDAY, JULY 8
VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS
(Valerie a tyden divu), 1970, 73 min dir. Jaromir Jires, music by Lubos Fiser, Jan Klusak
Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.
TUESDAY, JULY 15
A NIGHT AT KARLSTEIN
(Noc na Karlstejne), 1973, 83 min, dir. Zdenek Podskalsky, music by Karel Svoboda
One of the best know Czech musicals about Charles IV, Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor (Vlastimil Brodský), who has built Karlstejn castle to house the crown jewels. Since it is a place of relaxation and meditation no women are permitted to enter. His young wife (Jana Brejchova) misses him, and despite the prohibition resolves secretly to sneak in for a night.
TUESDAY, JULY 22
BALLAD FOR A BANDIT
(Balada pro banditu), 1978, 89 min, dir. Vladimir Sis, music by Milos Stedron and Vlastimil Hala
A touching story of great love, savagery and passion between bandit Nicola Sohaj (Miroslav Donutil) and beautiful Erzika (Iva Bittova) taking place in Carpathian Ruthenia. The story is based on the book by Ivan Olbracht, first adapted into the play premiering in The Goose on the String Theater in 1975 and later made into the film. The original Eastern songs has been popularized over the years and broadcast on radio.
TUESDAY, JULY 29, Q&A with Peter Sis
(Vlasy), 1979, 121 min, dir. Milos Forman (in English)
The iconic musical war comedy-drama about a Vietnam War draftee, a naive boy from the American Midwest shaped by his family’s patriotism, who befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. Under the influence of the group and their flower-power way of life he starts to doubt his motivation for joining the War.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5
MORAVIA - special screening
(Dira u Hanusovic), 2014, 102min, dir. M. Krobot, US premiere
Ironic, blackish comedy follows characters from seemingly peaceful village Hanusovice in Moravia. Maruna (Tatiana Vilhelmova, a pub owner, might never marry since there are not many suitable options; the indecisive mayor (Ivan Trojan) spends too much time in the wild waiting for deer, a childishly naïve Olin (Jaroslav Plesl) is considered the harmless village idiot. But one day something unexpected happens.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, Q&A with Miroslav Krobot
(Sakali leta), 1993, 110 mindir. Jan Hrebejk
In to a peacefully small town comes a "man from nowhere", a young hooligan Bejby (Martin Dejdar), with his eccentric clothes, guitar and craze for rock 'n' roll to disturb slack water of the petite bourgeoisie society.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19
(Rebelove), 2001, 109 min, dir. Filip Renc
The retro style musical is set in 1968, the year of the Prague Spring and the Soviet invasion. The couple Tereza, a recent graduate and Šimon, an army deserter, along with their friends, try to enjoy the free spirit of the times in spite of the turbulent political circumstances.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26
Screening on the rooftop of the Bohemian National
Hall starts every Tuesday after dusk. Doors open at 8pm.
In case of bad weather films will be screened at the BNH indoor cinema at 8pm.
Films are in Czech with English subtitles. Program is subject to change.
Curated by Kristyna Milde
Admission: $10, tickets available online at: www.bohemianbenevolent.org/index.php/ticket/buytickets
Tickets are not refundable.
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
From: Jul 1, 2014 7:00 PM
To: Jul 9, 2014