The Play’s the Thing: Václav Havel - Art and Politics
Joseph Kilian aka A Person to Be Supported (Postava k podpírání) / Who Is Václav Havel... (Kdo je Václav Havel…)
dir. Pavel Jurácek, 1963, Czech w/ English subtitles, 38 min.
In Joseph Kilian, a man searches for
an old acquaintance in Prague. On a whim, he enters a state-run cat rental shop
and leases a feline for a day. When his search for Kilian proves futile, he
attempts to drop off the cat, but finds that the rental store has completely vanished.
Who Is Václav Havel... (Kdo je Václav Havel…)
dir. Helena Matiášová, 1977, Czech w/ English subtitles, 11 min.
Who is Václav
Havel . . . is a short propaganda film, produced for
the communist regime in the 1970s to disparage Havel, his plays, and his
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.