Fri 8 & Fri 15 November
Directed by Helena Trestikova & Jakub Hejna | Czech Republic | 2016 | 1hr 30min | Czech with subtitles
Helena Trestikova’s Doomed Beauty is the incredible story of Lída Baarová, once the most famous actress in Czechoslovakia, loved and admired for her great beauty and enigmatic performances then later isolated and reviled. The source of her downfall was a self-destructive and very public affair with the infamous German Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. The film is based on an extraordinarily frank interview with the actress in her final years, interspersed with a wealth of fascinating archive footage of early Czech cinema against the grand sweep of twentieth century European history.