In late April, the Barbican Arts Centre in London is hosting a week-long season, Censorship as a Creative Force, in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute, the Czech Centre and the Hungarian Cultural Centre.
I’ve already booked tickets for the two highlights - a panel discussion on April 25 with the extraordinarily impressive line-up of Andrzej Wajda, István Szabó and Jiří Menzel, and Menzel pops up again on April 27 to introduce a preview of his new(ish) film I Served the King of England (Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále, 2006). The latter has been out on DVD in the Czech Republic for some time, but it definitely doesn’t have English subtitles.
Other screenings include Wajda’s Man of Marble (Człowiek z marmuru, 1976) on April 26, Szabó’s Taking Sides (Szembesites, 2001) and Miklós Jancsó’s The Round-Up (Szegénylegények, 1965) on April 28 (presumably separately) and Zdeněk Sirový’s Funeral Rites (Smuteční slavnost, 1967) on April 30. There also seems to be an extended run (30 March to 30 April) of Menzel’s long-banned 1969 film Larks on a String (Skřivánci na niti, 1969).
And I’ve been meaning to do a proper Menzel DVD survey ever since uploading this sketchy overview a few months ago, so I’ll try to schedule that for this time next month.