Masterpieces of the Czech New Wave

02.02.10

The Czech New Wave is considered one of the richest eras of cinematic history. Made between 1964 and 1968, during a brief period of artistic freedom, these films are marked by a use of humor, tragedy, humanity, and surrealism often mixed with political commentary.

The Fireman’s Ball (1967, 73 minutes)
dir. Miloš Forman
Thursday, February 11 at 6pm
Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan Ave.

The Fireman’s Ball chronicles a real party thrown by a small-town fire department where nothing goes right. Considered a political allegory, the film was banned by the Czech government in 1969.

Animation shorts by Jirí Trnka
including The Hand, 1965
Thursday, February 18 at 6pm
Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan Ave.

Master puppeteer Jirí Trnka’s stop action animation short The Hand examines freedom of expression and oppression and was banned under communist rule.

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