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12 Nov 2017 18:00

The Unbearable Lightness of Being + Oratorio for Prague

In this successful adaptation of Milan Kundera’s tragi-comic novel the narrative follows the high-flying surgeon and womaniser Tomáš, his artist lover Sabina and wife Teresa living happily in 1968 Prague. The arrival of the Soviet tanks shatter their illusions and change their lives forever. With Kundera being persona non grata in Czechoslovakia and Kaufman denied filming access, the authentic looking locations and atmosphere are down to Jan Němec who provided his own footage of the invasion and recreated Prague in his role as special consultant.

Philip Kaufman / USA / 1988 / 172 min.
Cast / Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche,Lena Olin, Derek de Lint

Screened as a double bill with:

Jan Němec / Czechoslovakia / 1968 / 29 min.
English subtitles
What was originally intended as a testimony to the 1968 Prague Spring featuring peaceful demonstrations and vigils turned into a damning report on the military invasion when on 21 August Soviet tanks rolled into Prague crushing any hope of democracy. Having film stock and a camera ready Němec filmed the disbelief, despair and blood of people facing their occupiers. He smuggled the film out of Czechoslovakia and it was his images the world saw. A unique documentary about resistence.

£12 / £11 (concs.) for single screening bookings
£10 / £9 (concs.) for 2+ screenings
Online booking

Part of Jan Němec Retrospective
10 - 12 November 2017

Part of 21st Made in Prague Festival
8 November - 6 December 2017





Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, Marylebone, London W1B 2UW


12 Nov 2017 18:00


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