Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Czech Film Series: The Fimfárum of Jan Werich

Thu, February 27, 2014 | BUR 231

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Czech Film Series: The Fimfárum of Jan Werich

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies is proud to announce the third screening of the renowned Czech Film Series. All films will be shown every Thursday at 6:30pm in BUR 231.

This week's screening will show 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. The film is a collection of 5 short tales: When the Leaves Fall from the Oak, Fearless Frankie, Mean Barka, A Dream Fulfilled, and Fimfárum.The tales are as the old fables used to be, with a great understanding of human nature and social vices. Being so, the stories have a "moral" , but they are modern stories, naughty, irreverent, funny, sweet, and the moral will surprise you.

Films are free and open to the public.*

Films are in Czech with English subtitles.

Other films in this series:

March 6         Selections from the collection of short films Labyrinth of Darkness/Labyrint tmy by 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-patriates (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 for a recommendation for children.

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