Czech Film Series: Rex-Patriates by Nancy Bishop
Thu, April 3, 2014 • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM • BUR 231
The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies is proud to announce the seventh screening of the renowned Czech Film Series. All films will be shown every Thursday at 6:30pm in BUR 231.
This week's screening will show Nancy Bishop's Rex-Patriates (2004), the only live-action film in this series (though it still features a touch of things puppet). Bishop describes the film as follows: "In 1990, Alan Levy, Editor in Chief of the Prague Post, proclaimed that Prague was the "Left Bank of the 90s," the new European haven for American artists, just as Paris had been the expatriate home of Hemingway, Stein and Miller in the 1920s. Levy's herald rang out like a clarion call, summoning expatriate North Americans from Nova Scotia to the Golden Gate. Rex-Patriates is a satire that follows the lives of four expatriate Americans, a writer, an entrepreneur, a theater director and a physical artist, who venture to Prague after the fall of communism. Bedazzled by the city's beauty, cheap beer, and liberal lifestyle, they set out to forge an artistic renaissance. But was Prague really a breeding ground for artistic genius? By the mid-90s the expatriates' dreams are foiled and Prague becomes a dark cauldron of failure. The obvious solution would be to leave the city, but there is just one problem, the old crone. It is as Franz Kafka observed: 'Prague doesn't let go. This old crone has claws. One has to yield or else.'"
This film will be introduced by one of its producers, Jeffrey Brown, and will include a Q&A session at the conclusion of the film.
Films are free and open to the public.*
Films are in Czech with English subtitles.
Other films in this series:
April 10 One Night in One City/Jedné noci v jednom městě (2007) – An adult black comedy puppet film by award-winning contemporary puppeteer Jan Balej.
April 17 Toys In The Attic (2009) – A stop-motion animated family feature film by Czech director Jiří Barta. The English dub version was directed by Vivian Schilling and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes. The film was a Czech, Slovak, and Japanese co-production.