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21 Aug 2019 19:00


Please join us for a special program in honor of Milan Kundera, famed Czech-born writer, who this year has turned 90 on April 1st.


7PM: Staged reading: The Hitchhiking Game

8PM: Movie starts: The Joke

Due to high demand, the event was moved to the Ballroom, to increase the capacity.

7PM - Staged Reading: Laughable Loves / The Hitchhiking Game 

“The Hitchhiking Game” was published as part of Milan Kundera’s 1969 collection of stories entitled Laughable Loves. The story centers on a young couple on the first day of their vacation together. Driving along in the young man’s sports car, they spontaneously engage in a “game” whereby the young woman takes on the pretend “role” of a seductive hitchhiker, and the young man takes on the role of the stranger who has picked her up along the side of the road. But the fantasy element of the “game” bleeds into the reality of the relationship, with dire emotional and psychological consequences for both parties.

8PM - Film: The Joke

Jaromil Jireš’s brilliant adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel tells the fragmentary tale of a man expelled from the Communist Party because of a political joke. 
Director: Jaromil Jireš, 1968, 80 min, Czechoslovakia


Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to the event. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons after that time.




Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


21 Aug 2019 19:00


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