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Der Student von Prag: Romantisches Drama in Vier Akten

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Presents an old German legend about a poor student in Prague who falls in love with a wealthy countess. He sells his reflection to an agent of the devil in order to become rich, then buys it back at the expense of his life. With a theme reminiscent of the Faust legend, this is considered to be one of the first independent horror films.
DVD
2016; 1913
Clemons (Stacks)
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Making Light in Terezin [electronic resource]: A Documentary on Art vs. Death

This film follows a modern day Minnesota theater group as they travel to Terezin to perform a cabaret piece originally created and enacted there during WWII. Weaving together interviews with performers, Holocaust survivors and scholars discussing Jewish humor, Jewish history and more, it tells a story not only of survival but also the triumph of a culture, artistic expression, and the human spirit.
Online
2015; 2013
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Le Dernier des Injustes

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In 1975, in Rome, Claude Lanzmann filmed a series of interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadtghetto in Czechoslovakia, the only "Elder of the Jews" (according to Nazi terminology) not to have been killed during the war. A rabbi in Vienna, following the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, Murmelstein fought bitterly with Adolf Eichmann, week after week for seven years, managing to help around 121,000 Jews leave the country, and preventing the liquidation of the ghetto. 2012. Claude Lanzmann, at 87 - without masking anything of the passage of time on men, but showing the incredible permanence of the locations involved - exhumes these interviews shot in Rome, returning to Theresienstadt, the town "given to the Jews by Hit [...]
DVD
2014; 2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Hana's Suitcase [electronic resource]

The story of Hana's suitcase, made into an award-winning radio documentary and children's book, tells the harrowing true tale of the owner of the suitcase, Hana Brady, who died at Auschwitz in 1944 at age 13. In 2000, the Tokyo Holocaust Education and Resource Center acquired the suitcase but no information about Hana came with it. Its director, Fumiko Ishioka, made it her mission to scour the world trying to find out more of Hana's story. In the end, her search brought her to Toronto and George Brady, Hana's older brother and the only member of their immediate family to survive the Holocaust. For him, the reappearance of the suitcase in Japan 57 years after Hana's death was absolutely astonishing. The story transformed Hana's only surviving personal possession into a lesson of toler [...]
Online
2014; 2004
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Haus Tugendhat Edition

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The Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic is a solitaire of modern architecture. It embodies the social utopian claim of the architect Mies van der Rohe and the cosmopolitan bourgeois life design its principal Grete and Fritz Tugendhat. The film tells the eventful history of the singular building and its inhabitants.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Banjo Romantika: American Bluegrass Music & the Czech Imagination

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DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Inside Hana's Suitcase

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A group of Japanese children unravel the story of George and Hana Brady, two young Jewish children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia, when they receive an old suitcase with Hana's name written on it from the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.
DVD
2011; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kawasaki's Rose

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A drama about family and politics, the role of memory in relationships, and that of jealousy, arrogance, love, loyalty and betrayal.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Everything Is a Present [electronic resource]: Alice Sommer Herz, Sage, Saint, Maven

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Christopher Nupen's film portrays Alice Sommer Herz, a woman with the true gift of forgiveness. A Nazi concentration camp prisoner for two years with her six-year-old son, suffering deaths of her mother and her husband in the camp, she also remembers playing more than 100 concerts in the camp and likens the experience, both for the performers and for the listeners, to being close to the divine. Alice is in no doubt that music saved her sanity as well as her life and the lives of hundreds of others. She plays extracts from Impromptu no. 2, op. 142 : D 935 / Schubert ; Czech dance / Smetana ; Sonata no. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 27 no. 2 / Beethoven.
Online
2009
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Romeo, Juliet and Darkness: Romeo, Julia a Tma

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Pavel, a young student living in Prague in 1942, hides a Jewish girl in his apartment building's attic. Amidst the brutality of the occupying German army, love blossoms between the two. He is her only link to the outside world. Then the two are discovered by Pavel's mother, who forces the residents of the apartment building to decide whether Hana can remain.
DVD
2007; 1960
Clemons (Stacks)
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Something Like Happiness

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A trio of friends residing in an urban Czech housing project finds that happiness can come from the place where you least expect it in this quirky and heartfelt drama. As the shadow of the country's largest chemical factory looms large over their bleak industrial suburb, Monika, Tonik, and Dasha hold out hope for a brighter future in another place. While supermarket employee Monika's dreams are built around the hope that she will someday venture to America to be with her boyfriend, George, Tonik secretly pines for Monika, and single mother Dasha finds comfort in the arms of a married man while slowly drifting from reality. As Tonik flees his conservative parents to live on the farm of his eccentric aunt, Dasha's grip on reality finally slips -- leaving her two young children in the c [...]
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Český Sen: Czech Dream

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Czech dream documents the largest consumer hoax the Czech Republic has ever seen. Filip Remunda and Vit Klusak, two of Eastern Europe's most promising young documentary filmmakers, set out to explore the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an ad campaign for something that didn't exist.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Old Believers

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Chronicles the descendants of immigrants and exiles in these remote lands. The results are three poetic, intimate documentaries that capture the unique lives and customs of people unknown to most of the world.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Horem Pádem: Up and Down

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The discovery of an abandoned child by two smugglers kicks into a gear a series of tragi-comic events.
DVD
2005; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Tugendhat House: Mies van der Rohe's Czech Masterpiece

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Architect Paul Finfer and filmmaker June Finfer visit the Tugendhat House, Mies van der Rohe's 1930 masterpiece which is now a museum in Brno, the Czech Republic.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Holubice: The White Dove

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A white carrier pigeon loses its way when it tries to fly home to the Baltic coast, where a young girl anxiously awaits it. Lost, tired, and ill, the bird lands in Prague. It is rescued by an artist and then gradually brought back to health by a small, frail boy. People's lives are changed forever by their encounter with the bird.
DVD
2003; 1960
Clemons (Stacks)
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Musíme Si Pomáhat: Divided We Fall

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During World War II and the Nazi occupation of Czechoslavakia, a couple, Josef and Marie, decide to hide a young Jewish neighbor in their small apartment. They keep getting a visit from their neighbor, Horst, who is a German sympathizer and has his eye on Marie. When she rejects his advances he seeks revenge by trying to move a Nazi clerk into their home, forcing the couple to tell a lie that will change their lives forever.
DVD
2001; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Body Without Soul

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The personal stories of teenage hustlers in Prague are told with unflinching honesty, providing a disturbing and graphic inside view of the exploitation, pain, and pitiful existence of young men who, out of necessity, sell their bodies to survive.
DVD
2000; 1994
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Sweet Century: Women Who Defied a Communist Dictatorship

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Not much is known in the West of opposition to the Communist dictatorship that swept central Europe after World War II. This portrait of several remarkable Czech women who endured harsh imprisonment for their beliefs is a tribute to their strength, as well as their support of one another. One of the women profiled is Jitka Puflerova, who at age nineteen was sentenced to eighteen years for espionage, subversion and treason. Her real crime was belonging to the Socialist Party and participating in anti-government demonstrations. Their stories of the horrors of communist prisons are intercut with old propaganda films and archival footage. Dagmar Skalova was kept in high security custody for sixteen years. Her crime was to organize the boy scouts in a protest against the communist regime. [...]
Online
2000