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KLOBOUK VE KROVI: Vybor Versu V+W (1927-1947).
Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1966. - JIRI VOSKOVEC'S COPY, SIGNED BY HIM - Octavo, cream cloth with an image of a bowler hat in black on the front cover in a dust wrapper with a matching image of a hat in blue. The binding is soiled & somewhat darkened. The tail of the spine & the bottom edge of the rear cover are chipped The head & tail of the dust jacket spine are chipped and there is some creasing & a small, light stain to its front panel. 287 & [7] pages plus colophon. Illustrated with a full-page photographic portrait of the author. The hinges are lightly cracked. Good. Second, expanded edition.A collection of the verse of Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich [V+W], edited with commentary by Voskovec. This is Voskovec's copy, signed by him on the title page: "J. Voskovec / NYC 66" with his pencil notes on pages 262 and 263.The text is in Czech.Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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