Sunday, 5 February 2012

VACLAV HAVEL. PRAHA - CASTLE. LONDYN.

15/1/2012. Arrive for Screening of Director Petr Jancarek,s Documentary. " Vaclav Havel. Prague - Castle ". Organised by the Czech Centre. In Collaboration with the Czech Embassy in The UK. Gate Picturehouse. 87 Notting Hill Gate. It was the Electric Palace. In 1909, Lester Rosenthal made a Application for the Ground Floor of the Golden Bell, Coffee House. To be Made a Cinema. The Electric Palace Opening it,s Door,s, 15 th April 1911. Large Crowd, Many Czech Voices, Nice to Hear. Start Delayed about 15 mins. Mr Havel,s Early Day,s as a President. No Office, Fax Machine, or even a Clock !. I have Read the Book " To the Castle and Back", By Vaclav Havel. Seen Some Early Film Footage. Though some of this, Not Seen Before. Got Quite Emotional. Film Music, Very Good. " Sugar Plum Fairy ", Lou Reed, Eagles,Rolling Stones, and Paul Simon, Live in Praha. Mr Havel Loved Music, although He was not very Musical Himself. When President Clinton was Honoured in Praha. Mr Havel did Accompany Him on Percussion. His First Oversea,s Visit, as a President was to the USA. He got a Standing Ovation for His Speech. Which He Wrote in Two Hours. Plenty of Humour Too. Czech Security not too Happy with Mr Havel,s Insistence. Of Sitting in Front of Official Car,s. His Car Speeding Down Narrow Lanes. Bodyguards Struggling to Keep Up !. Had to Laugh. At Mr Havel,s Cottage. Local People come Out to See Him & His Wife. His First Wife, Olga, Voices. " Watch My Flower Bed,s " !. Sounds Better in Czech. Karel Schwarzenberg, CZ Foreign Minister. Comes Across very Well in the Film. Someone Else, Who I Greatly Admire, the Dala Lama. Stated He was Impressed with Mr Havel. That He was Generally Interested in the Dala Lama, Beliefs. He Smiled also at the Many Smoked Filled Rooms. To Finish the Film, I Will Leave You with the Quote. " Even a Poet has Sharp Teeth ". After the Film. British Ambassador, Mr Michael Zantovsky. Answered Questions from the Floor, at Great Length. A Close Friend of Mr Havel, He was Very Down to Earth. Mentioned His Last Meeting with Mr Havel. Was in His Own House in Praha. Event was Over So Fast. Film was Screened on Screen One. Lovely Plastered Ceiling. Took Photo as Cinema was emptying. One Outside, Before Moving On.