Czech Film Series: Selections from the shorts of Jiří Trnka
Thu, February 13, 2014 | BUR 231
Films are free and open to the public.*
Films are in Czech with English subtitles.
Other films in this series:
Feb 20 NO FILM – Presentation by guest historian Dr. Ben Frommer entitled PERSECUTION IN THE NAME OF PROTECTION: How Czech Fascists, Prague Bureaucrats and Local Police Helped Build the Nazi “Ghetto without Walls”
Feb 27 The Fimfárum of Jan Werich (2002) – A puppet film set to a 1960s recording of legendary Czech actor Jan Werich (1905–1980) reading his story FimFárum.
March 6 Selections from the collection of short films Labyrinth of Darkness / Labyrint tmyby Jiří Barta, including the renowned stop motion film The Pied Piper of Hamelin / Krysař (1986) inspired by German Expressionism and medieval art.
March 20 Selected short films of Jan Svankmajer, including The Coffin Factory / Rakvičkárna (1968),Dimensions of Dialogue / Možnosti dialogu (1982), Darkness Light Darkness / Tma Světlo Tma (1990), and Food / Jídlo(1992).
March 27 Conspirators of Pleasure / Spiklenci slasti (1996) – A full-length feature by Jan Svankmajer.
April 3 Rex-patriots (2004) by Nancy Bishop – The series’ only live-action film—a mockumentary of expatriate life in Prague—it still features a touch of things puppet. The film will be introduced by one of its producers, Jeffrey Brown, and followed by a Q&A.
April 10 One Night in One City / Jedné noci v jednom městě (2007) – An adult black comedy puppet film by award-winning contemporary puppeteer Jan Balej.
April 17 Toys In The Attic (2009) – A stop-motion animated family feature film by Czech director Jiří Barta. The English dub version was directed by Vivian Schilling and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes. The film was a Czech, Slovak, and Japanese co-production.
*While some of the films in the series are suitable for viewers of all ages, many of the films include substantial adult content. (Puppets have sex too!) Please check film ratings online or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a recommendation for children.
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