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January 13th through April 30th, 2018

Hunter George’s Watercolor Exhibit “Reflections of the Past”

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“Reflections of the Past” runs January 13th through April 30th, 2018.

The Czech Center Museum Houston traces the grand legacy of watercolorist, Hunter George, in a special exhibition entitled “Reflections of the Past”.

The exhibition features imagery of Europe’s romantic landscape and historical architecture produced by the modern-day master of watercolor.  The show demonstrates the undeniable strength and versatility of this venerable medium as it has been used to capture the unique beauty of Central Europe’s countryside.

For more information about the artist, click here.

Date: January 13th through April 30th, 2018.

Time: 10AM to 4PM

Admission : Free

 

May 11th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus is a 1984 American period drama film directed by Miloš Forman, adapted by Peter Shaffer from his stage play Amadeus. … The film follows Italian composer Antonio Salieri at the court of Emperor Joseph II, and his jealous vendetta against his younger rival, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Director Milos Forman, known for his work on Oscar-winning film “Amadeus,” has died on April 13th, 2018.

He was was born in Caslav, Czech Republic, in 1932. His father was a member of a resistance group against the Nazi occupation. Both his parents were killed in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

“My parents were real patriots, and that was probably the reason why they died. Not until much later, when I was suddenly far from my homeland and its culture, far away from my family, when I was cut away from the land of my childhood, I realized I shared this strong feeling of affection for my country with them,” Forman had said, according to his biography.

Admission : Free

 

 

June 8th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Run, Waiter, Run! (1981)

It’s a hilarious Czechoslovakian comedy concerning a bookshop owner with serious financial troubles and with a penchant for women. He decides to make some money by pretending to be a waiter after a drunk customer at a restaurant mistakes him for a waiter and payed his bill to him.

Filmed in the era of communism, in 1981, there is much hidden humor and references that you need to watch for. (The movie will be presented with English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

July 13th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

The Three Veterans (1984)

Tri veteráni (in Czech), is a family movie, where three veterans are given magic artifacts by elves that can magically create gold, servants and any other object. They encounter greedy characters and one of them falls in love with a princess. (Do you wish to enjoy a Czech family movie? Then come to the CCMH, we have the English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

August 10th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Pelíšky

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Acclaimed Czech filmmaker Jan Hrebejk directs this bittersweet coming-of-age story set in the months leading up to the ill-fated 1968 Prague Spring. Teenager Michal Sebek (Michael Beran) develops a serious crush on his hip neighbor, Jindriska Kraus (Kristyna Novakova). The problem is that his family is headed by a dull-witted army officer who believes that the latest East German Tupperware will sufficiently shame those American imperialists, while her father is an ardent foe of the Communists saved from prison only because he is a war hero. Much to the parents’ dismay, the younger generation couldn’t give a fig for politics. Instead, Michal sports a Beatles mop-top and runs a local film group specializing in Hollywood and pre-war French films, while Jindriska starts hanging out with a mysterious hipster. Pelisky was screened at the 1999 Vancouver Film Festival. (The movie will be presented with English subtitles)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

September 14th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Divided We Fall (2000)

(Czech: Musíme si pomáhat literally translated as We Must Help Each Other) is a 2000 Czech film directed by Jan Hřebejk. Telling the story of a childless couple which agreed to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia,.

The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Anna Šišková won a Lion award for best actress.

Admission : Free

 

 

 

October 12th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Accidental Army

October 2018 marks the centennial of the founding of Czechoslovakia and the formal beginning of U.S.-Czech diplomatic relations. See The Whole Amazing Story of Czechoslovakia – from Professor Masaryk’s diplomacy and the Legion’s small beginnings early in World War One, to their triumphant return to the First Republic and their President, Thomas G. Masaryk.
Admission : Free

November 9th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Forbidden Dreams

(Czech: Smrt krásných srnců) is a 1986 Czech drama film directed by Karel Kachyňa. This drama comedy is based on a book by Ota Pavel. It was entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Czechoslovak entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 60th Academy Awards. (Do you wish to know what his forbidden dreams were? Then come to the CCMH, we have the English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

December 14th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Kolya (1996)

Kolya (Czech: Kolja) is a 1996 Czech drama film about a man whose life is reshaped in an unexpected way. The film earned critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady’s man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. But he has run up a large debt, and when his friend, the grave-digger Mr. Broz, suggests a scheme for making a lot of money by marrying a Russian woman so that she can get her Czech papers, he reluctantly agrees. She takes advantage of the situation to emigrate to West Germany, to her lover; and leaves her five-year-old son with his grandmother; when the grandmother dies, Kolya must come and live with his stepfather – Louka.

Admission : Free

 

 

January 11th, 2019 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Citizen Vaclav Havel Goes on Vacation by Jan Novak

In the summer of 1985, Vaclav Havel decided to go on a roadtrip – to visit friends, and also to test the extent of his civil liberties as a citizen of communist Czechoslovakia. The results were Kafkaesque in their absurdity: over the course of nine days, Havel was arrested twice, charged with “incitement to disturb the peace,” and held in jail for a total of four days. All of his hosts had their homes searched, and several of them were detained as well. For the remainder of his trip, Havel was followed by some 300 plainclothesmen, one of whom nearly drowned while discharging his duties. Still, the massive surveillance had its upside: whenever Havel got lost, the state security men helpfully pointed him in the right direction, sometimes without even asking where he was headed. Jan Novak’s documentary reconstructs this memorable holiday, interspersing footage from the reenacted journey and commentary by its original participants with sunny, optimistic news clips that aired on Czechoslovak television that August.

 

 

 

February 8th, 2019 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981)

(Czech: Tajemství hradu v Karpatech, literally “The Mystery/Secret of the Castle in the Carpathians”) is a 1981 Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Oldřich Lipský. It is based on Jules Verne’s novel The Carpathian Castle (called Tajemný hrad v Karpatech in Czech translations). The movie tells the story of the deranged, experimenting Professor Orfanik who lives in a castle near the town of Werewolfville in the Carpathians.

The film marks Lipský’s third and final collaboration with the humorist Jiří Brdečka, and also features special props by Jan Svankmajer and music by Luboš Fišer. This production remains one of few very popular comedy films even today, being often played on public holidays on main TV channels. (Do you wish to learn more about Czech humor and understand the jokes? Then come to the CCMH, we have the English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

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