"Heave-Ho!" (Hej-rup!) features comic duo Jan Werich and Jiří Voskovec in a slapstick comedy centered around the unemployment during the Great Depression. Werich plays Jakub Simonides, a factory owner duped into losing his company to his competitor Mr. Worst of the Canned Milk-Trust. Voskovec plays Filip, a laid off factory worker.
Jakub hires Filip as his assistant, not realizing that he has already lost his company. The two eventually meet up with Marta, a barmaid and spirited leader. When Jakub inherits an abandoned building, Marta encourages him to employ the masses. The building becomes a collective dairy that just might become Mr. Worsts’s worst nightmare.
The film includes the song “Heave-Ho! We Want to Live!” written by Jaroslav Ježek that becomes almost a mantra for the film.
About the Director:
Martin Frič directed over 100 films from 1929-1968. Some of his most notable films include Christian (Kristián, 1939), Eva Fools Around (Eva tropí hlouposti, 1939), The Blue Star Hotel (Hotel Modrá hvěsda, 1941), The Poacher’s Foster Daughter or the Noble Millionaire (Pytlákova schovanka aneb Šlechetný milionář, 1949), among others.
Heave Ho | Hej rup!
Director: Martin Frič, 1934, 100 min., Czech w/English subtitles
Date: March 21, 2017, 7 pm
Location: Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
202/735-5895 or firstname.lastname@example.org | Admission is free!
Guests must arrive by 6:45 pm to keep their reservation.
About the series:
This marks the sixth year of the Film and Beer Series at Bistro Bohem. This year, the series focuses on Czech musicals and comedies of the twentieth century. All films will screen in Czech with English subtitles. Each screening includes one free beer as well as an introduction by a representative from the Czech Embassy. All screenings are subject to change.