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For this week, “Czechs through the lens” brings you three classic Czech films adapting the works of two well-known writers. Karel Čapek and Jaroslav Hašek.

The White Disease (1937) is a great work of art by actor and director Hugo Haas, based on Čapek’s allegorical and humanistic play that strongly resonated in 1930s Europe, dramatic part of Czech history when Nazi’s aggression was increasing.

Another Čapek’s adaptation is Krakatit (1948) by Otakar Vávra, who filmed this novel twice, the second time in 1980. This science-fiction mystery about the invention of a new revolutionary explosive amplifies the anti-war message and again, humanity.

We could not miss the popular Czech character and another anti-war hero, The Good Soldier Švejk (1956). The absurd adventures of good-humored Švejk, exposing the stupidity of war, based on the most translated novel of Czech literature by Jaroslav Hašek.

All the titles are with English subtitles.

 

Diamonds of the Night / Démanty noci – 1964

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The Shop on Main Street / Obchod na korze – 1965

Thursday 14.11.2019 - 20:00 TRAGICOMEDY RUNTIME: 120 PRODUCTION YEAR: 1964 – 1965 DIRECTOR: JÁN KADÁR, ELMAR KLOS SCREENPLAY: LADISLAV GROSMAN,JÁN KADÁR, ELMAR KLOS During World War II, a mild-mannered Slovak carpenter Anton "Tóno" Brtko (Jozef Kroner) is offered...

Marketa Lazarová – 1967

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