Monday, November 24

Special Engagements ArchiveElements of Cinema (previous events)

A Report on the Party and the Guests

Free Screening!

Co-presented with WorldBoston and Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership

Introductory remarks from Dr. Igor Lukes, professor of International Relations at Boston University and Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Boston

O Slavnosti a Hostech (1966) dir Jan Němec w/Ivan Vyskočil, Jan Klusák, Jiří Němec, Pavel Bošek [71 min; Digital]
In A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS, a pleasant afternoon outing is cut short when a few pushy intruders force a group of friends to play a round of ridiculous party games. Jan Němec’s absurdist parable on the behavior of authority figures is a landmark of the Czech New Wave of the brief Prague Spring.

Also screens with the shorts:
WHO IS VACLAV HAVEL (dir Helena Matiášová, 1977, 11 min)
A short propaganda film, produced for the communist regime in the 1970s to disparage Havel, his plays, and his supposed wealth.

THE UNINVITED GUEST (dir Vlastimil Venclík, 1969, 22 min)
When a boorish official enters and makes himself at home in a young couple’s flat, it’s soon apparent that all the flats in the building face the same dilemma–each has its own intruder. A short parable on socialist living for which the director was banned from making films for twenty years.

The films presented in this program have been curated by Margaret Parsons, head of the film department at the National Gallery of Art as part of the series, “The Play’s The Thing: Vaclav Havel, Art and Politics.” They are made available courtesy of Margaret Parsons, The Václav Havel Library, the National Film Archive in Prague, Czech Television, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Screening followed by audience discussion. This event is free and open to the public.