What gives this movie such a kick are the two wily stars, veteran actors Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich, who co-wrote the story and had been Czechoslovakia’s leading theatrical duo and cultural icons since 1927. Their brand of surreal high jinks and biting social commentary is bracing, and this Depression Era movie lovingly showcases their particularly European sensibilities, which seem so contemporary today. Like the best of Chaplin — with a wry visual nod to Sergei Eisenstein — it’s the little guy against the machine. The machine doesn’t stand a chance.
Houston, TX 77005
Category: Movie Theaters
Region: Kirby-West U
5 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
Sun., Jan. 15, 5 p.m., 2012