Saturday, September 29, 2018

St. Wenceslas

Friday was the feast day of St. Wenceslas (yes, the subject of the Christmas carol), the patron saint of the Czech Republic (the name is also spelled with a U and in Czech is known as Václav). It was a public holiday in the Czech Republic, but why am I mentioning it here?

Apparently, at the end of the silent era, a studio in the then Czechoslovakia produced an epic called St. Wenceslas that to be honest I'd never heard of. And apparently, the original score to the movie has recently been discovered, so the government of Prague has been organizing showings of the movie in advance of the national holiday, this also being the centenary of the establishment of an independent Czechoslovakia after World War I.

Radio Prague had a story about the event; as always their site has a transcript of the article. But if you'd rather listen, there's streaming audio at the top, and a download here, a ~1.3 MB MP3 that runs a little under three minutes.

As far as I can tell, the movie itself is unavailable anywhere.

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