Still from Heave Ho (1934)
Still from Heave Ho (1934)
Heave Ho! (1934)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Heave Ho!

Martin Frič | Czechoslovakia | 1934 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 11 Oct 2023

Stars of Prague’s avant-garde Liberated Theatre, Jiří Voskovec and Jan Werich wrote this Depression-era slapstick unionist comedy with director Frič and legendary screenwriter Václav Wasserman. The revered “V+W” double-act play, respectively, a workers’ rep who goes off-script live-to-air and a bankrupted factory owner who team up to make something of their and others’ lives. Often compared to René Clair’s À nous la liberté and Chaplin’s City Lights, it also parodies Eisenstein’s The General Line and was banned during the Nazi occupation.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague.

Format: 35mm
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: National Film Archive in Prague
Runtime: 103 mins

Event duration

103 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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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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