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Jul 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015


The Czech Center New York invites you to a new Rooftop Ciné-Concert Series focused on the “Fallen Woman”—a popular sultry theme in the early decades of cinema. Persuaded by seducers, driven by poverty, or simply unwilling to wait, these women protagonists lose their virtue through promiscuity in an era of supposed moral purity.

The hot new summer series, running every Tuesday in July through August, features Czech and American silent films, two “early talkies,” and an array of live music performed by exceptionally gifted musicians from the Czech Republic and the United States, including internationally-renowned pianist Deborah Bradley – Kramer, master jazz double bassist Henry Grimes and guitarist Brandon Ross, among others.            


Don your flapper dresses and swanky Roaring Twenties style as the series launches on July 7, at 7 pm, with the screening of the Czech silent classic The Loves of Kacenka Strnadova (Lásky Kačenky Strnadové), accompanied by the talented Francesco Boccaro Trio. Enjoy a delicious welcome drink, mingle with a delightful crowd, view the exquisite skyline as the sun sets to live music, and savor the cinematic stars beneath the stars. The series concludes on August 25th with a Wrap Party where guests dress in their favorite 1920s fashion to finish out the series with the dramatic film Madame X. It’s the cat’s meow!

Curated by Margaret “Peggy” Parsons, Head of the Film Program at the National Gallery of Art 

TICKETS: Reg. $15 | Members $10 (Special: Wrap Party free for Members!)


(Seats are limited and will be available on a “FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE” basis)
Tickets are not refundable.


Czech Center Club Membership can be purchased HERE



Every Tuesday, July – August 2015  
7 PM - Rooftop opens for a welcome drink (cash bar for additional drinks & appetizers)               
8 PM - Live music followed by screenings upon sunset          
All the silent films are also accompanied by live music.          

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




LAUNCH PARTY  (Dress in Roaring Twenties Style!)
Film: The Loves of Kacenka Strnadova | Lásky Kačenky Strnadové
Dir. Svatopluk Innemann, 1926, 98 min., silent film
Live music: Francesco Beccaro Trio

Bass player Francesco Beccaro will perform together with Matthias ‘Pedals’ Loescher and Jordan Perlson.  


Film: The Red Kimona
Dirs. Walter Lang and Dorothy Davenport, 1925, 77 min., silent film
Live music: Deborah Bradley-Kramer & son, piano and cello

Pianist Deborah Bradley-Kramer, a professor at Columbia University and world-class classical pianist, performs with her seven year old son Jonah Kramer, promising musician on the cello. 


Film: Eroticon | Erotikon
Dir. Gustav Machatý, 1929, 85 min., silent film
Live music: Ben Model, piano

Ben Model is one of the USA's leading silent film accompanists and has been playing piano and organ for silents at MoMA since 1984. Listen to his recent work at. 


Film: Madame X
Dir. Sam Wood (with Gustav Machatý contributing), 1937, 72 min., “early talkie”           
Music overture: Joseph Morag, violinist

Joseph Morag is a winner of Columbia concerto competition, and concert master of NY Youth Symphony.


Film: A Woman of Affairs
The most complete version of this American silent was discovered at the Czech film archive in Prague.
Dir. By Clarence Brown, 1928, 98 min., silent film
Live music: Henry Grimes, upright bass and Brandon Ross, banjo

Henry Grimes is a progenitor and architect of the music known as 'free jazz'.  He has collaborated on over 90 recordings with some of the greatest  legends of the music, from the '50s and '60s until today. Delve into the life of this brilliant artist at www.henrygrimes.com.

Brandon Ross presently leading the groups Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty is guitarist, composer, arranger, singer and songwriter who has crafted a personal approach to guitar and improvisation that has taken him all over  the world. https://www.reverbnation.com/brandonross


Film: Blonde Venus
Dir. Josef von Sternberg, 1932, 93 min., “early talkie”
Live music: Overture by Pavlína Horáková, singer, accompanied by a pianist Drew Spradlin.

Mezzo-soprano Pavlína Horáková has performed the title role in the opera Carmen and  Berta in the Barber of Seville with the Opera Amore, as well as a number of solo recitals in New York City. Winner of the Czech National Vocal Competition, check out this rising star at www.pavlinahorakova.com.             


Film: May Fairy Tale | Pohádka máje
Dir. Karel Anton, 1926, silent film
Live music: Nancy Jo Snider, cello

Cellist Nancy Jo Snider, director of the Music Program at American University, is a member of the  Opera Lafayette Orchestra and performs regularly in a variety of chamber and period instrument ensembles. Read more about her work at www.american.edu/cas/faculty/nsnider.cfm.           


WRAP PARTY!  Bring back your 1920s  and 30s fashion to close out the series!
Film: An Old Gangster's Molls | Milenky starého kriminálníka
Dir. Svatopluk Innemann, 1927, 106 minutes, silent film
Live music: Audrey Vardanega & Sara Barone, piano 4 hands

Organized in collaboration with the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association.



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From: Jul 1, 2015
To: Aug 31, 2015


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