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Free Movie Night-Featuring:“I served the King of England”

  • Czech Center Museum Houston 4920 San Jacinto Street Houston United States (map)

Film Summary

Dreaming of becoming a millionaire, a short but ambitious Czech works his way into a posh pre-war luxury spa, where his marriage to a Hitler-loving fraulein provides him with a golden opportunity to make his fondest wish come true.

Background Information

I Served the King of England (Czech: Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále) is a novel by the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal. The story is set in Prague in the 1940s, during the Nazi occupation and early communism, and follows a young man who alternately gets into trouble and has successes. Hrabal wrote the book during a period of censorship in the early 70s. It began circulating in 1971,[1] and was formally published in 1983. It was adapted into a 2006 film with the same title, directed by Jiří Menzel, a noted director of the Czech New Wave.

Credentials:

The film appeared on some critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008 and Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor named it the 6th best film of 2008. It received the Gopo Award for Best European Film in 2009.