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24 May 2019 - 26 May 2019

The Ear - Ester Krumbachová: Unknown Master of the Czechoslovak New Wave

Czech Center New York and Film at Lincoln Center present the work of the Czech costume and set designer, scriptwriter, and director Ester Krumbachová.


Friday, May 24, 5PM (for tickets click here)
Sunday, May 26, 8:45PM (for tickets click here)
Francesca BealeTheater at Lincoln Center

SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy $3 off tickets to Film at Lincoln Center's Ester Krumbachova retrospective—tickets just $12. To redeem: Select the desired showtime at filmlinc.org/krumbachova and enter promo code “Czech2019" in the upper right box.

Costume desing by Ester Krumbachová
Director: Karel Kachyňa, 1970, 94 min, Czechoslovakia

What is worse working with a group that could potentially get you arrested or having your home monitored by the government? Experience the stifling atmosphere of a totalitarian regime that watches your every move, even when you work for them. This banned film explores the danger of criticizing a government that has the power to control your fate.

Already on the brink of an ongoing communist purge, a government official (Radoslav Brzobohatý) and his neighbor wife (Jiřina Bohdalová) return home from a political soiree to discover their keys are missing, their electricity has been cut, and The Ear - The State Surveillance system - may be listening on their every word. It starts with a long night's journey into dread as the couple bickers, boozes, and crawls the walls with fear: could he be the next party member to disappear? Something like Cassavetes' Faces meets The Conversation, The Ear viscerally evokes the tension and all-pervasive paranoia of life under a totalitarian regime.










Though Ester Krumbachová was considered by director Věra Chytilová to be the boldest personality of the Czechoslovak New Wave, her contributions to the movement have been largely overlooked. A costume and set designer, scriptwriter, and director, the multi-hyphenate artist shared her puckishly surreal and trenchant, radical vision with such trailblazing directors as Chytilová (Daisies), Karel Kachyňa (The Ear), Jaromil Jireš (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), and Jan Němec (Diamonds of the Night). But shortly after making her directorial debut with the hilarious yet criminally underseen fantasy The Murder of Mr. Devil, she was blacklisted by the Czechoslovak Communist government. This May, the Czech Center New York looks back on Krumbachová’s singular imprint on the Czechoslovak New Wave, and reexamines some of the movements’ most beloved, important works in a new light. Presented in collaboration with the Film at Lincoln Center.


The Murder of Mr. Devil


Fruit of Paradise

All My Compatriots

Diamonds of the Night

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

The Fifth Horseman Is Fear

Coach to Vienna

Long Live the Republic!


Francesca Beale Theater, Lincoln Center


From: 24 May 2019
To: 26 May 2019


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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