UTSA comparative-literature professor and frequent Current contributor Steven G. Kellman will be curating a weekly film series at the McNay (mcnayart.org) celebrating Czechoslovakian cinema. The series begins 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 29 with Lunacy, a 2005 hybrid of stop-motion and live-action combining works by Edgar Allan Poe and Marquis de Sade, and continues with a screening every Thursday through February 26, when it will conclude with last year’s I Served the King of England.
Other highlights include 1996 Oscar-winner Kolya (February 5), and Jirí Menzel’s Closely Watched Trains, a 1966 film widely regarded as an exemplary classic from the country’s enlightened Spring of Prague period, cut unfortunately short in 1968 when Soviet tanks rolled into town. But without that crackdown, the wild and crazy Festrunk Brothers might never have fled to the United States in search of creative freedom and big American breasts, so what, really, would have been the greater tragedy? Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members (museum admission is free for everyone on Thursdays). Go to sacurrent.com for a full schedule, as well as Kellman’s own review of I Served the King of England.