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Mar 10, 2015 7:00 PM

Schweik's New Adventures

Curators talk by Charlotta Kotik about the exhibition “Courage of an Artist – Selected Works by Vojtěch Preissig” Followed by a screening of the film Schweik's New Adventures (Švejk bourá Německo).

Schweik's New Adventures (Švejk bourá Německo), dir. Karel Lamač, 1943, 84 min.

Basically a sequel to Jaroslav Hasek's famed comic novel The Good Soldier Schweik, but without a British-made forerunner (a German production, THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK, was made later and released in the US in 1963), this updated the silly-shrewd soldier's adventures to WW II, with the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Nazis. Hasek had actually published a pamphlet subsequent to the occupation of his country which bore the title "How to Speak German." Inside, the pamphlet contained the story "Schweik Against the Gestapo." It was a best-seller in the occupied land. The film is introduced by Czech elder statesman Jan Masaryk, who explains that the low slapstick tone is intentional, planned to make the invaders seem less than invincible. Pearson, as Schweik, is detailed to locate a playing card that will pinpoint the position of a German ammunition dump. He gets a job as butler to besotted Gestapo chief Mitchell and, after numerous pratfalls and perils, does what he set out to do. All of the players, with the sole exception of statesman Masaryk, are extremely British in this flawed attempt at wartime political satire.

Free admission.
First-come, first-served.


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Mar 10, 2015 7:00 PM


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