BYT being a shamelessly Eastern European skewed website (blood not being water, and all that) we cannot but help recommend you the ongoing Interwar Eastern/Central European movie series at the National Gallery of Art.
The series consists of several thematic blocs and goes on aaaaall the way till September, but since we are aware of the lack of attention span with everyone these days, here is what is going on in the next 7 days (under the “Homeland, Homeland” portion of the series”).
(please note the shameful lack of any Kusturica or Makajevski but you win some, and lose some. You do get some amazing pre-propagand Leni Riefenstahl moments, that can be appreciated and cherished by all those present.)
All movies are free, beautifully restored and tend to start at either 4 pm or 1 pm or both.
The Singing Earth (Zem spieva)
Preserved by the AFI at the LOC Motion Picture Conservation Center with funding from the AFI/1999 Challenge Grant
July 1 at 4:00 p.m.
This visual poem presenting lyrical images of Slovak peasant life earned the best international film award at the 1934 Venice Film Festival. The striking cinematography, Alexandr Hackenschmied’s editing, and naturalistic scenery make the film stand out as a unique ethnographic documentary. (Karel Plicka, 1933, 35mm, silent with music track, Czech and English intertitles, 133 mins.)
The Blue Light (Das blaue Licht)
July 7 at 1:00 p.m.
A late representative of the mountain film genre, The Blue Light revolves around a mythical character portrayed by Riefenstahl herself in her debut as a filmmaker. (Leni Riefenstahl, 1932, Digital Beta from 35mm, silent, German intertitles with translation, 79 mins.)
Spring Shower (Tavaszi zápor)
July 7 at 2:30 p.m.
A coproduction between France and Hungary, Spring Shower incorporates folkloristic motifs through its rich visuals and stylized narrative. Fejős’ affinity with Hollywood—where he spent time before and after completing this film—is evident. (Pál Fejős, 1932, 35mm, French and Hungarian with subtitles, 66 mins.)
July 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Kujawiak, a traditional Polish dance, is dynamically captured on camera by director Cekalski, a noted figure of independent Polish film production in the late 1930s. (From the Polish Dance Series, by Eugeniusz Cękalski, 1935, 35mm, English, 7 mins.)
Faithless Marijka (Marijka nevĕrnice)
Set in Subcarpathian Ruthenia, Faithless Marijka recounts a simple story of infidelity while exploring the larger context of the region’s social isolation. Secondary characters (nonprofessional locals) illustrate the complex social and ethnic relationships of the region. (Vladislav Vančura, 1934, 35mm, Ruthenian, Slovak, Yiddish and Czech with subtitles, 76 mins.)
The Song of Ruthenia (Píseň o Podkarpatské Rusi)
Again set in Subcarpathian Ruthenia, lyrical images portray the challenging life of woodworkers, while a voice-over narration gives a potent critique of living conditions in the region. (Jiří Weiss, 1937, 35mm, Czech with translation, 11 mins.)
if after all this you want more, make sure to check out http://www.nga.gov/programs/filmmodernity.shtm for more program details.