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  • Daddy and Lili "Marlene"

    2007. Czech Republic. Jan Sikl. 52 min.

  • A Stroke of Butterfly Wings

    2007. Czech Republic. Jan Sikl. 52 min.

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Daddy and Lili "Marlene"

    2007. Czech Republic. Directed by Jan Sikl. The daughter of a prosperous German farmer in Sudetenland, Lili Saisser set her sights on the glitter of Prague, marrying an oral surgeon and living among cosmopolitan society. This episode is based on the childhood memories of Lili's daughter Eva, centering on her parents' strained marriage and the difficulties that ethnic German citizens faced in Czechoslovakia during the war. Richly evocative and intimate, the episode is enlivened by snapshots of a family trip to Nazi Berlin in 1934; home-movie footage of a playful but revealing burlesque farce; and erotic images of the vivacious, but ever self-absorbed, Lili. In Czech; English subtitles. 52 min.

  • A Stroke of Butterfly Wings

    2007. Czech Republic. Directed by Jan Sikl. Of all the families depicted in Private Century, perhaps none was more deeply or painfully riven by generational and ideological conflict than the Felixes. This episode traces the political awakening and gradual disillusionment of the prolific and noted Czech composer Václav Felix from the 1930s until the 1980s. The film reveals the ways in which Václav's unquestioning faith in Communism shaped both his music and his romantic life, even as it estranged him from his father, who was imprisoned by the Party. In Czech; English subtitles. 52 min.

In the Film exhibition Jan Sikl's Private Century

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