Heroes, geniuses and fools in the films of Miloš Forman

One of the greatest directors of the past decades together with his stirring characters are in focus in the spring selection of Müpacinema. Miloš Forman has enriched film history with undoubtedly brilliant masterpieces, as proved by his numerous Oscars.

In our screening series we go through the most emblematic pieces in chronological order: first up is Black Peter, a film from 1964 akin to French and British New Wave films, in which Petr, the adolescent, is watching customers in a self-service shop to see if they steal. We cannot, of course, skip the grotesque and loveable The Fireman’s Ball from 1967, which although banned in Czechoslovakia, could not stop it from being a huge success. In Forman’s last Czechoslovakian and at the same time first American film, Taking Off (1971), a family are trying to process in their own way the fact that their adolescent daughter has run away from home. The director’s first adaptation, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) starring Jack Nicholson cannot be missed. It gained sweeping success globally and received five Oscars as did the captivating Amadeus, a film that told the story of Mozart in a unique way and took home eight Oscars. We can also thank the director for one of the best musical films of all time Hair (1979). Forman did not shy away from tackling a large variety of historical and social issues either. In The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), he tells the story of the founder of Hustler Magazine, while in Goya’s Ghosts (2006), we can see an account of the last, turbulent years of the Spanish Inquisition.

Join us this spring; you won’t regret it!


Eat, drink, and be merry – gastro films

The culinary pleasures have inspired many an artist throughout history, including filmmakers. It’s enough to think of The Grande Bouffe, which caused a huge scandal at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, and with which the director, Marco Ferreri, opened a new chapter in the great book of motion pictures. You will be able to watch this landmark film, among others, in the Müpacinema 2018/19 selection. Also included is the last feature film of Monthy Python, The Meaning of Life, which reviews the matters of life in 24 sketches – including the sickening depths of gastronomy. Luis Buñuel also approached the topic provocatively in his The Phantom of Liberty, and the classic of Terry Gilliam, Brazil, also handles the theme in a rather idiosyncratic way. Adventures from the butcher’s counter to picturesque feasts: films such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Jamón Jamón, Pulp Fiction, Chocolat, and The Green Butchers also make an appearance in the sequence of exciting films. Be a part of the experience in our Auditorium!

Bon appétit to the films!

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