Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Film: The Plastic People of the Universe, Jana Chytilová (2001) 74 min. + Housle by James Austin Longmire & Tristan Love (2008), 10 min.

The Restless Heart of Europe – a Czech Film Series at UT

Tue, April 26, 2011 | GRG 102 Geography building, corner of 24th and Whitis.

7:00 PM

Film: The Plastic People of the Universe, Jana Chytilová (2001) 74 min. + Housle by James Austin Longmire & Tristan Love (2008), 10 min.

The Plastic People of the Universe - Formed in 1968, following the Soviet invasion of their beloved Czechoslovakia, the rock band, 'The Plastic People of the Universe' were inspired by American music banned by the Communist dictators including The Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and The Doors. During the 1970s and early 1980s, the Czechoslovakian government banned 'The Plastic People' from performing and the group conducted a series of clandestine engagements (including play dates in barns and weddings) in defiance of the government restrictions. The band and their fans endured endless and often violent harassment by Czechoslovakian police and the musicians were eventually imprisoned. Following the restoration of democracy in Prague, however, the group was hailed by the new Czech Republic government and by the international music scene for its remarkable courage in keeping the rock sound alive despite the pressures of Communist tyranny.

Plus a short documentary about Jan Zajicek, a member of the band.  The film will be introduced by  Martin Machovec,  the  former dissident and contemporary scholar in the field of the Czech underground culture, who was a part of it. Housle -  After witnessing the theft of his precious violin by a strange masked instrument thief, an old violinist is led on a chase down 'the rabbit hole' from the abandoned factory that had served as his private concert hall into a surreal forest where masked musicians stand as the gatekeepers to another life. Featuring the music and performances of A Hawk and a Hacksaw and starring Jiri Kabeš of the famed Plastic People of the Universe. 

MAY 3 at 6pm: In the Attic/Na půdě  Jan Bárta (2009), 76 min. A family film - we are cordially welcoming the kids of our staff, faculty, students and others.

In an attic full of discarded junk, a pretty doll called Buttercup lives in an old trunk together with her friends, the marionette Prince Charming, lazy Teddy Bear and the plasticine creature Schubert. When Buttercup is snatched and taken off to the Land of Evil, her pals set out to rescue her.

All movies are free and have English subtitles!

For more information see our website:

Or contact one of the organizers:

Libuše Heczková (

Tatjana Lichtenstein (

Filip Zachoval (

More details on the films will be sent out as they approach.

Supported by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Department of History.

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