The Play’s the Thing: Václav Havel - Art and Politics
The Uninvited Guest (Nezvaný host) / Every Young Man (Každý mladý muž)
The Uninvited Guest (Nezvaný host)
dir. Vlastimil Venclík, 1969, Czech w/ English subtitles, 22 min.
When a boorish official enters and makes
himself at home in a young couple’s flat, it’s soon apparent that all the flats
in the building face the same dilemma—each has its own intruder. After
completing this short parable on socialist living, director Vlastimil Venclík
was forbidden to make a film for twenty years.
Every Young Man (Každý mladý muž)
dir. Pavel Jurácek, 1966, Czech w/ English subtitles, 83 min.
A soldier’s life under socialism is the
focus of Every Young Man, Pavel Jurácek’s absurdist drama in two
parts. The first part follows a young recruit and his corporal on an outing
into town to find a doctor (Václav Havel has a role as a patient awaiting
treatment), while the second is set in an army camp, as young soldiers tackle
their daily routines. The film ends with a heart-rending and unforgettable
Special Thanks to: Margaret Parsons, Head of the Film Program at the National Gallery of Art, National Film Archive in Prague, The Václav Havel Library, the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 Czech Television, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.