The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Eva Fools Around
Filmed in just a few weeks at Prague’s Barrandov Studios, this adaptation of the 1934 novel by Fan Vavřincová is considered one of Frič’s best movies and amongst the most popular Czech comedies of all time. Structured around a farcical screwball plot involving the purloining of a neighbour’s instructions for rose growing, this co-stars one of the most famous actors in Czech cinema, Oldřich Nový, as well as emerging star Nataša Gollová in one of her first headlining roles.
Digital print courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague.
Also screening on Wed 4 October
“All The World’s Bedlam”: Screwball, Czechoslovak style
Happy End (1967) – Wed 27 Sep, 7pm
An Old Gangster's Molls (1927) – Wed 27 Sep, 8.45pm
Eva Fools Around (1939) – Wed 4 Oct, 7pm
You Are a Widow, Sir (1971) – Wed 4 Oct, 8.45pm
Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977) – Wed 11 Oct, 7pm
Heave Ho! (1934) – Wed 11 Oct, 8.45pm
About the program
This season charts 50 years of a peculiarly antic, extraordinarily inventive strain of popular comedy from Czechoslovakia, spanning the late silent era through to the end of the 1970s. It highlights the extraordinary comedic talents of performers still famed domestically but too little known in the anglophone world...
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Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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