Events in UCIS

Wednesday, February 28

2:00 pm Film
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Screening
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; Film Studies Program
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (171 min) is a 1988 American film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera, published in 1984. Director Philip Kaufman and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière portray the effect on Czechoslovak artistic and intellectual life during the 1968 Prague Spring of socialist liberalization preceding the invasion by the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact that ushered in a period of communist repression. It portrays the moral, political, and psycho-sexual consequences for three bohemian friends: a surgeon, and two female artists with whom he has a relationship.

Professor Martin Votruba, Head of the Slovak Studies Program at Pitt, will introduce the film.