UNKNOWN MASTER OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE
Czech Center New York and Film Society of Lincoln Center present the work of the Czech costume and set designer, scriptwriter, and director Ester Krumbachová.
Though Ester Krumbachová was considered by director Věra Chytilová to be the boldest personality of the Czechoslovak New Wave, her contributions to the movement have been largely overlooked. A costume and set designer, scriptwriter, and director, the multi-hyphenate artist shared her puckishly surreal and trenchant, radical vision with such trailblazing directors as Chytilová (Daisies), Karel Kachyňa (The Ear), Jaromil Jireš (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), and Jan Němec (Diamonds of the Night).
But shortly after making her directorial debut with the hilarious yet criminally underseen fantasy The Murder of Mr. Devil, she was blacklisted by the Czechoslovak Communist government. This May, the Czech Center New York looks back on Krumbachová’s singular imprint on the Czechoslovak New Wave, and reexamines some of the movements’ most beloved, important works in a new light. Presented in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
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Czech Center New York and the Film Society of Lincoln Center present a selection of ten films to pay an homage to the extraordinary artistic triptych of Ester Krumbachová, the boldest figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave according to one of the most recognized Czech directors Věra Chytilová. Multiple screenings at the Lincoln Center will show her work as the influential costume designer and the screenwriter (such as the iconic film Daisies or Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), and even as the director (as in The Murder of Mr. Devil) of the Czechoslovak New Wave film movement.
“When everything is being spoiled… we’ll be spoiled too!” proclaim Marie I and Marie II and accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks pursuing hedonistic pleasure, gustatory excess, and patriarchy-smashing destruction.
May 24 – May 29 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center