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Special Screening w/ FAMU Dean Pavel Jech

(This article expired 20.10.2013.)

On October 28 at 1 pm, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Czech Embassy, will screen Miloš Forman’s five-time Oscar-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in the Warner Bros. Theater.

A panel discussion delving into the Czech and US inspirations of the film follows the screening and features: Pavel Jech, dean of the prestigious film school in Prague (FAMU); Andra Freeman (Mvskoke Creek), daughter of actor Will Sampson; and Katherine Ott, medical sciences curator, National Museum of American History. Melissa Bisagni, media initiatives program manager at the National Museum of the American Indian, will moderate the discussion.

In the film, McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) pleads insanity to escape hard labor duties in prison and enters a ward for the mentally unstable. At the institution, he both endures and bears witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), who gains superiority and power through humiliating the other patients. McMurphy and the other patients band together to rebel against the atrocious Nurse. The film, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, served as a big break into acting for a number of notable actors including Will Sampson, who played the memorable role of Chief Bromden. (DIR. Miloš Forman, 1975, 133 min., English)           

Explore this film which catapulted Forman’s career with a Q&A session following the screening. The event is a part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012-Miloš Forman and also marks Czech National Day.       

Location: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History   
Warner Bros. Theater   
1400 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Admission is free. | No reservations required.   

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest   
Photo courtesy of The Saul Zaentz Company       

The festival celebrates Oscar-winning, Czech-American director Miloš Forman’s  80th birthday and work, the best of Czech cinematography, and the accomplishments of the transatlantic film industry, with over 50 events at prestigious venues in Washington, DC, and across the United States. The festival is spearheaded by the Embassy of the Czech Republic, focusing on the mutual inspirations between Czech and American cultures. For more information about the Mutual Inspirations Festival, please visit www.mutualinspirations.org.