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Larks On a String – Skrivanci Na Niti


Wed 21 Nov 2018, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: The Backlot, 21 Simpson Street, West Perth, Western Australia

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $19.50
  • Student/Senior: $16.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: csa1

Czech and Slovak Film Festival presents: Larks on a string (movie from Jiri Menzel - Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film/Closely watched trains).

"Larks on a String,“ is a legendary Czechoslovak movie, winning the Golden Bear at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival, directed by the awarded director Jiri Menzel. It is based on a short story written by Bohumil Hrabal. Even though, the movie was captured in 1969, it was banned by the Communist regime and released in 1990 after the Velvet Revolution.

The plot of the film unfolds in a steel re-processing factory in the industrial town of Kladno. It opens with a factory scene and a voice-over, informing the audience about the final achievement of political power by the working class in February 1948 and the need to incorporate the defeated classes into the new social framework. In other words, the steel re-processing factory is also re-processing people. The Communist belief was that the considered bourgeois would be transformed by manual labour into obedient communists. This brigade of "political offenders" (businessmen, intellectuals, and people in the religious faith) were working in conditions close to slavery beside women from a nearby prison, who were caught for their attempted escape from the republic.

The whole film is a mixture of paradoxical, sometimes grotesque, sometimes lyrical situations. It mirrors Hrabal's effort to transmit to the reader/viewer a thrill of inexhaustibility and the beauty of life, whilst overcoming even the worst obstacles in a time of ruthless and deceitful dictatorship. The movie embodies the refusal of the human spirit to conform and bend.

So, anyone who has not seen the film yet or who wants to simply remind themselves of the era, come and watch with us how it all ends. Let’s find out why this movie was placed in a safe and banned for over two decades.