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Film to Table dinner follows
A film scholar, journalist, teacher, and curator, Gabriel M. Paletz has written for Variety and now teaches at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic.
Kazimierz Witkiewicz, Bogusz Bilewski, Zygmunt Apostoi,
After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).
This lighthearted comedy pictures a late summer day in a bygone Eastern Europe. The movie’s peculiar magic turns dysfunctional socialist Warsaw into a slapstick playground that recalls Tati’s Playtime. The movie’s gags and indulgent tone might engender nostalgia for the Iron Curtain.But the film also recalls the ruckuses of dawn trash hauls, heroic workers who booze and snooze through the day, interminable construction projects, and inevitable shortages that contradicted the claims of socialist perfection. This enjoyable film balances criticism and lyricism in its portrait ofthe forgotten details of daily life in one of the people’s republics.