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Monday, May 27, 2013

"A NIGHT AT KARLSTEIN" movie screening

Within the framework of the cultural events organized by the Visegrád Group, The Embassy of the Czech Republic is presenting the Czech musical film "A NIGHT AT KARLSTEIN" (1973) on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM in the Office of the Hungarian Cultural Counselor - Balassi institute, 13, Gawad Hosni St (off Kasr El Nil St.), 2nd floor, Downtown, Cairo.

"A NIGHT AT KARLSTEIN" is a 1973 Czech musical film directed by Zdeněk Podskalský, based on an 1884 play by Jaroslav Vrchlický. Although established almost a century ago, even today this lovely play about Emperor Charles IV and Elisabeth of Pomerania, which was the first woman who violated her husband's ban and entered in a male disguise to Karlstejn, enjoys great popularity with audiences of all generations. Director Podskalský tried to keep the old form of musical substance, while still retaining its historic atmosphere of comedy dialogues and charming archaisms. Cast: Karel Höger, Jana Brejchová, Vlastimil Brodský, Jaroslav Marvan, Miloš Kopecký, Waldemar Matuška, Slávka Budínová, Daniela Kolářová, Jaromír Hanzlík etc.

Synopsis: Charles IV, Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor, has built Karlstejn castle to house the crown jewels. More importantly, it is a place of relaxation and meditation, so no women are permitted, and no politics are to be discussed. His young wife misses him, and hearing of the prohibition, resolves to sneak in for a night. At the same time, a country girl needs to prove she has spent one night at Karlstejn to get her potential fiance's father to agree to let her marry him. Both women dress up as pages. Things get complicated when foreign dignitaries come to discuss politics, the queen is the page guarding Charles' bedroom, and the country girl is keeping watch on the walls of the castle.

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