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Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

THE EAR - The Power of the Powerless at Lincoln Center

Five banned Czechoslovak films stand as testaments to the power of dissident art. Organized in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center.  Screening of The Ear is made possible by a generous donation of the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association.  


Saturday, September 23, 2:00 pm

Sunday, September 24, 6:30 pm

Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center

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Director: Karel Kachyňa, 1970, 94 min, Czechoslovakia

What is worse working with a group that could potentially get you arrested or having your home monitored by the government? Experience the stifling atmosphere of a totalitarian regime that watches your every move, even when you work for them. This banned film explores the danger of criticizing a government that has the power to control your fate.

Already on the brink of an ongoing communist purge, a government official (Radoslav Brzobohatý) and his neighbor wife (Jiřina Bohdalová) return home from a political soiree to discover their keys are missing, their electricity has been cut, and The Ear - The State Surveillance system - may be listening on their every word. It starts with a long night's journey into dread as the couple bickers, boozes, and crawls the walls with fear: could he be the next party member to disappear? Something like Cassavetes' Faces meets The Conversation, The Ear viscerally evokes the tension and all-pervasive paranoia of life under a totalitarian regime.










The Czech New Wave, one of the most radical and brilliant bursts of creativity in film history, has flourished even within a totalitarian state. It was a bloody end with the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Despite the stifling restrictions, the intrepid generation of Filmmakers continued to challenge Communist censorship by creating an art that was unpopularly provocative, satirical, and deeply critical of authoritarianism. The Soviet government responded the only way it knew how: by banning these works outright so many went unseen in their home country for decades. In anticipation of Václav Havel Day in New York City on September 28 - Czech Republic's National Statehood Day - Join us for a celebration of these subversive, wildly funny, dark and defiant films.

Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center ane BBLA. 

*The name "Power of the Powerless" is inspired by Václav Havel's 1978 essay, "The Power of the Powerless." Havel started an important discussion on the subject of freedom and power in Eastern Europe, questioning how one should challenge and interact with governing bodies in their society.*


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From: Sep 23, 2017
To: Sep 24, 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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