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Dec 2, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Rex-patriates, dir. by Nancy Bishop, 2004, Czech subtitles, Written by Tony Laue, Starring Karel Roden, James Babson, Joel Sugerman, Ellen Savaria, Nancy Bishop, and Alan Levy.

December 2 at 7 pm



In 1990, Alan Levy, Editor in Chief of the Prague Post, proclaimed that Prague was the “Left Bank of the 90s”— the new European haven for American artists, just as Paris had been the expatriate home of Hemingway, Stein, and Miller in the 1920s. Levy’s herald rang out like a clarion call, summoning expatriate North Americans from Nova Scotia to the Golden Gate. Rex-patriates is a satire that follows the lives of four Americans, a writer, an entrepreneur, a theater director, and a physical artist, who venture to Prague after the fall of communism. Bedazzled by the city’s beauty, cheap beer, and liberal lifestyle, they set out to forge an artistic renaissance. But was Prague really a breeding ground for artistic genius?

“This was a story we felt compelled to tell about a phenomenon no one can explain,” said Bishop.

“Why did Americans come to Prague as they did two generations ago to Paris? Why did they stay?

Why can’t some of us leave?” asks Bishop, who came to Prague a decade ago. It is, as Franz Kafka

observed, that “Prague doesn’t let go. This old crone has claws. One has to yield or else.”



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Dec 2, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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