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25 Apr 2008 00:00 - 30 Apr 2008 00:00

Censorship as a Creative Force: Film

Info: 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk

Quote ‘51968’ when booking your tickets to obtain Czech Centre discount.

ScreenTalk with Andrzej Wajda, Istvan Szabo and Jiri Menzel

Fri 25 April, 7 pm

Barbican Centre

Admission: £11 (£9.50 concs)


At this once-in-a-lifetime event, three of the most important and influential European filmmakers of our time will meet in a Barbican ScreenTalk. The three are united by the common theme of censorship, having operated under the restrictions of Communist censorship in Poland, Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia. Together, they will discuss their work, struggles and adventures under these regimes – and how, against all odds, their art was empowered by its worst enemy.


Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema

Fantasy comedy by Polish master Marczewski is set just before the collapse of Poland’s communist regime.

(Wojciech Marczewski, Poland, 1991, 92’)

Organised in association with Barbican Centre, Hungarian Cultural Centre, Polish Cultural Institute and University College London.


I Served the King of England + Jiri Menzl Screen Talk

Sun 27 April, 7pm

Barbican Centre

Admission: £11 (£9.50 concs)


A special preview of Jiri Menzel’s new and critically acclaimed film: I Served the King of England with the director’s introduction and ScreenTalk. Menzel’s fourth adaptation of Bohumil Hrabal’s work tells the story of an ambitious maître d’hôtel before and during the Second World War. Politics meets history and romance in a time of decadence and destruction. A beautifully performed and designed film, this is the latest masterpiece from a master of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Courtesy of Arrow Films Distribution.

(Jiri Menzel, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2006, 118’)


Larks on the String

Wed 30 April, 7pm

Barbican Centre

Admission: £8.50 (£6 concs)

Based on Hrabal’s collection of short stories, the film depicts the everyday life of the former bourgeoisie forced to work in a scrap yard as part of their ‘reeducation’. This gentle satire of a socialist heavento-be was banned forever only to reappear 20 years later and scoop the Golden Bear in Berlin in 1990.

(Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1969, 90’)

Funeral Rites

Wed 30 April, 9pm

Barbican Centre

Admission: £8.50 (£6 concs)

A feature debut of considerable style, the story hinges on negotiations for a burial plot but soon moves on to cover-ups involving a road accident and a trail of corruption leading back to the period of collectivisation. A film that exposes the moral compromise that became a way of life. It was adapted from her own novel by Charter 77 spokesperson, Eva Kanturkova. It wasn’t approved for distribution and only had its premiere in 1990.

(Zdenek Sirovy, Czechoslovakia, 1969, 70’)


Organised in association with Barbican Centre


Part of Czech / European Years - events dedicated to anniversaries of seminal years of modern Czech / European history.



“All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and Its Legacies” marks the creative resistance of a remarkable year, while placing its lessons in the context of our own times. From April to June and across London, this major season explores 1968 culture, politics and thought and their manifestations in cinema, visual art, literature, music and activism. www.1968.org.uk



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From: 25 Apr 2008 00:00
To: 30 Apr 2008 00:00


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