From 25.05. To 03.07.2007.

Program of Czech films in 1960s

Program of Czech films in 1960s


Films in cycle


(Trápení, 1961)

Directed by: Karel Kachyňa

A twelve year old girl from a small village tries to understand the world of grown-ups as she grows up herself. On a nearby farm there lives a cruel man who treats his noble horse very badly. The girl wishes to help the abused animal and the horse and the girl become friends.

color, 35 mm, 84 min
Saturday 26.05.2007 AT 21:00
Friday 25.05.2007 AT 19:00

Death Is Called Engelchen

(Smrt si rika Engelchen, 1963)

Directed by: Ján Kadár

The main character is a Czech partisan fighting in WW II. Just before peace is declared, he gets shot in the spine and has to be transported to a hospital. Trying to stay conscious he remembers the events that took place before he joined the partisans. His main motive for staying alive is to get his revenge on the German officer Engelchen, whom he holds responsible for the death of his friends.

b/w, 35 mm, 111 min
Saturday 26.05.2007 AT 19:00
Friday 25.05.2007 AT 21:00

Black Peter

(Černý Petr, Čehoslovačka, 1964)

Directed by: Miloš Forman

This is Miloš Forman’s first feature film and it tells the story of a shy teenager Petr who is in love with Asa. Petr’s father wants him to get a job so he starts working in a store. Even though his manager gives him good instructions, Petr is not really good at his job.

b/w, 85'
Tuesday 29.05.2007 AT 21:00
Monday 28.05.2007 AT 19:00

A Blonde in Love

(Lásky jedné plavovlásky, Čehoslovačka, 1965)

Directed by: Miloš Forman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Miroslav Ondrícek

A small Czech town has a big problem because there is a serious lack of men: for every sixteen women there is only one man! The owner of a shoe factory asks the National army to transfer one of its divisions to this small town. An agreement is reached and the soldiers arrive in the town. The local women expect young, strong men but instead get old reserve soldiers who are mostly already married.

b/w, 88'
Tuesday 29.05.2007 AT 19:00
Monday 28.05.2007 AT 21:00

Intimate Lighting

(Intimni osvetleni, Čehoslovačka, 1965)

Directed by: Ivan Passer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Miroslav Ondrícek, Jan Strecha

This is Ivan Passer’s feature film debut and his last film made in Czechoslovakia. The film, which contrasts city and country life, tells the story of a young cello player from Prague, Peter, and his elegant girlfriend, Stepa, who visit their friends in the country. The two of them enjoy an idyllic country life and Peter prepares for a concert with the local orchestra.

b/w, 71 min
Friday 01.06.2007 AT 21:00
Wednesday 30.05.2007 AT 19:00

The Shop on Main Street

(Obchod na korze, Čehoslovačka, 1965)

Directed by: Ján Kadár
PHOTOGRAPHY: Vladimír Novotný

During WW II, when the Nazi government nationalized all Jews’ possessions, a lazy carpenter, Antonin Brtko, becomes the supervisor of a small store with sewing equipment. The owner of the store is an old, deaf Jewish woman, Rozalie, who lives in her own world and is completely unaware of the war and danger around her. She accepts Antonin thinking that he needs a job and over time they become friends. The film received an Oscar as Best Foreign Film in 1965.

b/w, 128 min
Saturday 02.06.2007 AT 21:00
Thursday 31.05.2007 AT 19:00



Directed by: Jirí Sequens

This film describes real events that took place on May 27, 1942 when members of the Czech resistance assassinated Reinhard Heydrich (a Nazi officer who became the protector of Czech and Moravia on September 27, 1941) while he was driving in his car through Prague. Heydrich died a few days later and the Nazis set off on a bloody retaliation for his murder.

b/w, 35 mm, 104 min
Monday 04.06.2007 AT 21:00
Friday 01.06.2007 AT 19:00

The Murderer Hides His Face

(Vrah skryvá tvár, 1966)

Directed by: Petr Schulhoff

This is a criminal drama whose main negative character is an unknown serial killer. The body of a young woman is found in the village of Drnovice and inspector Kalas will have to do everything he can in order to catch the murderer.

b/w, 35 mm, 94 min
Tuesday 05.06.2007 AT 19:00
Saturday 02.06.2007 AT 19:00

Lady on the Tracks

(Dama na kolejich, 1966)

Directed by: Ladislav Rychman

This is a Czech comedy about a wife who is eager to save her marriage after she accidentally sees her husband kissing another woman. The first step is to take out all the money from the bank and the second to turn herself into a beautiful, attractive and sophisticated woman!

color, 35 mm, 83 min
Wednesday 06.06.2007 AT 21:00
Monday 04.06.2007 AT 19:00

The Stolen Airship

(Ukradená vzducholod, 1966)

Directed by: Karel Zeman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Josef Novotný, Bohuslav Pikhart

This film with a unique visual style that combines feature film elements with animation, tells the story of five boys who steal a balloon at an exhibition in Prague. This is just the beginning of the boys’ big adventure. After landing on an island that has not yet been put on the map, they meet pirates and captain Nemo, and finally face some other natural forces.

b/w and color, 35 mm, 90 min
Friday 08.06.2007 AT 21:00
Wednesday 06.06.2007 AT 19:00

Coach to Vienna

(Kocár do Vídně, Čehoslovačka, 1966)

Directed by: Karel Kachyňa

This is a war drama without glorification or the choosing of sides, without war heroes or full- fledged bad guys. When a woman’s husband gets murdered by the Nazis over a stolen bag of cement, the woman swears revenge. An older soldier gets wounded and soon dies and a younger one arrives in the woman’s place.

b/w, 78'
Thursday 28.06.2007 AT 21:00
Friday 08.06.2007 AT 19:00

The Fireman's Ball

(Horí, má panenko, Čehoslovačka, Italy, 1967)

Directed by: Miloš Forman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Miroslav Ondrícek

This is Miloš Forman’s last Czech film. It depicts a retirement party for an old fire chief. At the party we meet other firemen and other people from the town. There is a competition for Miss Fireman even though the candidates don’t have much potential, and the lottery awards keep disappearing.

color, 73'
Saturday 30.06.2007 AT 21:00
Thursday 28.06.2007 AT 19:00

Capricious Summer

(Rozmarné léto, Čehoslovačka, 1968)

Directed by: Jirí Menzel

Plans for the relaxing, quiet summer vacation of a group of middle-aged people (Antonín, his wife Katerina, their friend Hugo and priest Roch) suddenly must change due to the arrival of a circus performer Arnostek (played by Jirí Menzel) and his attractive assistant Anna. Her beauty will ignite Antonín, Hugo and also the priest Roch’s passions, while Katerina will get interested in Arnostek.

color, 74'
Monday 02.07.2007 AT 21:00
Saturday 30.06.2007 AT 19:00

The End of Agent W4C

(Konec agenta W4C prostrednictvím psa pana Foustky, 1967)

Directed by: Václav Vorlícek
PHOTOGRAPHY: Frantisek Uldrich

This is a parody of spy films, such as those about James Bond. The hero is the secret agent Cyril Juan, known also by his code name “W4C”.

b/w, 35 mm, 87 min
Tuesday 03.07.2007 AT 19:00
Monday 02.07.2007 AT 19:00
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