Re: [Slovak-World] Slovak film series in Phg. (April)
thank you very much for the information. See you at the movies!
> From: Martin Votruba <votrubam@...>
> Date: 2005/02/26 Sat PM 04:38:10 GMT
> To: Slovak World <Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [Slovak-World] Slovak film series in Phg. (April)
> > Has there been any mention of when the Slovak films will start
> showing at Pitt?
> I include the details below, Joyce. If it comes up garbled on your
> screen, let me know, please, and I'll redo it in ASCII.
> If anyone wants the flyer in a better, printable form to display
> somewhere, e-mail me privately, please at: -- votruba "at" pitt "dot"
> edu -- (not at the 'coverup' address in the header of this post), and
> I'll send you its edited version as an attachemnt.
> votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
> x x x
> UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
> SLOVAK STUDIES PROGRAM
> SLOVAK FILM SERIES 2005
> This will be a historic occasion, because the silent film Janosik
> made in 1921 used to be shown with great success in Slovak-American
> communities, including in Pittsburgh, through the 1950s, but was
> thought lost afterwards. With this presentation at the University of
> Pittsburgh, the first Slovak film Janosik is returning to Pittsburgh
> at a non-profit viewing after it was restored from two incomplete
> copies. There will be brief introductions and hadnouts.
> Sunday, April 3, 2 PM, ? Double feature, 1501 Posvar Hall (next to
> Hillman Library)
> Janosik (1h 8') ? historic, Slovak-American silent motion picture
> from 1921
> The series opens with Slovakia's first feature movie, the silent
> film Janosik, made in 1921 with Slovak-American capital by Jaroslav
> Jerry Siakel, who returned from his home in Chicago to his native
> central Slovakia to shoot the film on location with Slovak actors.
> Janosik I (1h 20')
> One of the most popular domestic movies in Slovakia, the film
> was partly shot on location in the picturesque, craggy valeys around
> the real Janosik's home village. It opens with young Janosik learning
> about the overlords' disregard for their subjects, and continues with
> him joining a band of merry mountain lads in his early adulthood.
> Sunday, April 10, 2 PM, (no film), 1501 Posvar Hall (next to Hillman
> The Thomas Kukucka Memorial Lecture
> David Doellinger: Slovak Pilgrimages in the 1980s: A Challenge to
> Communist Power
> Sunday, April 17, 2 PM, 1501 Posvar Hall (next to Hillman Library)
> Janosik II (1h 30')
> Janosik I and II are one film in two parts made in 1963 by
> director Palo Bielik, who himself had starred in the leading role in
> another, earlier film about Janosik, which is not currently
> available. Both parts of Janosik I-II were among the biggest domestic
> blockbusters that the film studios in Bratislava produced.
> Sunday, April 24, 2 PM, 1501 Posvar Hall (next to Hillman Library)
> Jurko the Highwayman (1h 17')
> Jurko is an endearing nickame for boys called Juraj (George).
> Not a re-telling of the old legend, this film was made by Slovakia's
> premier cartoonist Viktor Kubal. It received top awards at two
> international festivals of films for children. It is particularly
> suitable as an introduction to the Slovak legend for not just adult
> but also young audiences, because there are no subtitles. The
> feature-length cartoon is silent with a soundtrack of Slovak music.
> JURAJ JANOSIK
> The central figure of the film series is Juraj Janosik, a highwayman
> from the village of Terchova in north-west Slovakia who was captured
> and hanged in 1713 at the age of only 25. His execution was quite
> common for brigand leaders: he was hung by a hook that was threaded
> through his left side. For about a hundred years after his death, he
> appeared in folk stories and market songs, which often gave him
> miraculous powers and credited him with a number of fanciful exploits.
> But when in the 19th century the Slovak Romantic poets learned from
> the publication of his trial proceedings in a popular calendar that
> he was executed although he robbed for barely over a year and did not
> take anyone's life, they began to see him as a hero of resistance
> against the injustices of the feudal past.
> Especially the poem The Death of Janosik (Smrt Janosikova) by Jan
> Botto published in 1862 became a hallmark of Slovak Romantic
> literature. Probably every Slovak recognizes its opening verse "A
> fire burns brightly on the Mountain of Kings..." (Hori, ohnik, hori,
> na Kralovej holi...) which is taught several times from grade through
> high school. A passage from the poem says:
> From the Tatras to the Danube, this whisper you hear:
> Take your taxes, you lords, but our vengeance is near.
> Take them, you wolves; you may repay with your lives!
> When you least expect it, there will flash out twelve knives:
> "Halt! A thousand thunderbolts!" -- ten of them jump out --
> "Give God your soul, and us your ducats!" they shout.
> Sabers above their heads, and pistols in their hands:
> "Give back, your Lordship, what you stole from Slovak lands!"
> From the Tatras to the Danube, the orphans sing:
> Oh, God, give this brigand all the luck you can bring!
> All the luck, God, that he needs, from morning till night,
> in the same measure that he sets injustice right.
> From his hat he pours ducats, enough and to spare,
> with yards of Red English for the poorest to wear.
> After that period, Janosik became not just a highwayman of folk
> stories who took from the rich and gave to the poor, but also an
> enormously popular hero portrayed by some writers, painters, and
> sculptors as a noble symbol of people's longing for freedom, and by
> others as an adventurous, charming friend of those in need.
> The Slovak Pittsburghers did not remain behind. The novel Janosik,
> the Young Master of Freedom: A Legend of Times Gone By was published
> in Slovak in Pittsburgh in 1893 under the pseudonym "Dobry Slovak."
> Another Slovak-written novel Janosik, the Captain of Mountain Lads:
> His Tumultuous Life and Horrific Death by Slovak-American Gustav
> Marsall-Petrovsky was published in New York in 1894, and reprinted
> several times. John Okal published Janosik, a Carpathian Saga in 1954.
> Martin Votruba, Slovak Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh
> Note: If anyone can help identify who "Dobry Slovak" may have been,
> let me know, please. M.V.
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