Culver City Happy Hour and Friday-Night Films at the Wende: The Killing of Mr. Devil

Culver City Happy Hour and Friday-Night Films at the Wende: The Killing of Mr. Devil
Friday, February 21, 2020
6 p.m.: Culver City Happy Hour Reception
7 p.m.: Screening 

1970, Czechoslovakia, 87 minutes, directed by Ester Krumbachová. In Czech with English subtitles.

In conjunction with Culver City Happy Hour, the Wende Museum presents a hilarious and food-filled fantasy directed by Ester Krumbachová, an essential but overlooked figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Known for her bold creative vision, she worked as a screenwriter, set designer, and costume designer in collaborations with famed directors Věra Chytilová (Daisies and Fruit of Paradise), Jaromil Jireš (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), Karel Kachyňa (The Ear), and Jan Němec (A Report on the Party and The Guests and Diamonds of the Night). Not long after the release of The Killing of Mr. Devil in 1970, she was blacklisted for her work on films deemed subversive. 

 “Krumbachová’s sole directorial effort puts a surrealist, satanic spin on the battle-of-the-sexes farce as a hot-to-trot Miss Lonelyhearts (Jirina Bohdalová) looking for a man gets more than she bargained for when she begins wooing the boorish Mr. Devil (Vladimír Mensík), an insatiable glutton who turns out to be (literally) the boyfriend from hell. A groovy mélange of ’60s lounge muzak, eye-popping art direction, and sumptuous Czech cuisine, The Killing of Mr. Devil is a subversive anti-rom-com that coolly cuts male chauvinism down to size and luxuriates in female pleasure, desire, and liberation” (Film at Lincoln Center).
 
The Killing of Mr. Devil is part of a series of films directed by women in conjunction with the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists behind the Iron Curtain, on view through April 5, 2020. The film is presented courtesy of the Czech National Film Archive. 

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