blood, corpses, sex, comedy, food...
old and new silent films with live music

No. 1
August 21
CESTA courtyard

Evil Dead poster
Evil Dead
(USA 1981)

Sam Raimi
85 min
English w/Czech subtitles

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Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens become deadly zombies. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.

No. 2
August 28
CESTA courtyard
delicatessen poster
(France 1991

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
99 min
French w/Czech subtitles

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The story is centered on a microcosm of a post-apocalyptic society where food is so rare it's invaluable and is used as currency. The story centers on an apartment building with a delicatessen on the ground floor. The owner of the eatery also owns the apartment building and he is in need of a new maintenance man since the original "mysteriously" disappeared. A former clown applies for the job and the butcher's intent is to have him work for a little while and then serve him to quirky tenants who pay the butcher in, of course, grain. The clown and butcher's daughter fall in love and she tries to foil her father's plans by contacting the "troglodytes", a grain eating sub-group of society who live entirely underground. The "trogs" are possibly the most sensible of the lot, as they see food as food and not money.

No. 3
September 4
8:00 pm
CESTA/Divadlo Jo


The Three Must-Get-Theres
(USA 1922)

Max Linder
55 min
silent w/ live soundtrack by C (Tábor)

additional film shorts with live music from Thea Farhadian, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, George Cremaschi

The career of influential comedian Max Linder was nearing its end when he directed and starred in this burlesque of Douglas Fairbanks' Three Musketeers. As Dart-in-Again, Linder plays a hilarious spoof of the Fairbanks character. He is a peasant's son who rides his donkey, Jazbo, to Paris to make his fortune. Upon his arrival, he meets the three Must-Get-Theres -- Walrus (Jack Richardson), Octopus (Charles Metzetti) and Porpoise (Clarence Werpz). They all battle the forces of the evil Duke of Rich-Lou (Bull Montana). Dart-in-Again comes to the aid of the Queen (Catherine Rankin), and her seamstress, Connie (Jobyna Ralston, Harold Lloyd's future co-star). He retrieves the Queen's brooch from her lover, Bunkumin (Harry Mann) and saves her honor. For his heroic acts, Dart-In-Again is rewarded by the King (Frank Cooke), who makes him a full member of the Must-Get-Theres. He also weds Connie and all ends well. Unfortunately, things didn't end so well for Linder in real life -- three years later, he and his wife would commit suicide because his career was in a shambles.

No. 4
September 11
8:00 pm
CESTA/Divadlo Jo
Ondřejovský masakr IV - Hrabě Molekula
(CZE 2008)

Stanislav Stroubersky
50 min
silent w/live soundtrack by GAMe

additional film shorts with live music from George Bagdasarov, Jorge Boehringer, Che Chen, Paul Baker

Hrabe Molekul still