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Re: [Slovak-World] Slovak film series in Phg. (April)

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  • Joyce & Bill
    Martin, thank you very much for the information. See you at the movies! Joyce
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 27, 2005
      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.
      > Martin
      > votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
      > x x x
      > 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
      > Library)
      > 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.
      > 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.
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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