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Czech Film Night at The Beltonian

  • The Beltonian Theatre 219 West Main Avenue Belton, TX, 76513 United States (map)

The Czech Heritage Museum and The Beltonian Theatre present Czech Film Night. This month's screening is the 2016 film nominated for 14 Czech Lion awards. A Prominent Patient is the story of Jan Masaryk, son of the beloved founder of the first free Czechoslovakia, Tomas Masaryk.

Jan Masaryk served in the military in WWI, then as a diplomat, including as the Czech ambassador to London and returned to Prague after WWII only to incur trouble with the Communist regime.

His death, falling from a window of Cernin Palace the day before he was set to leave the country, was ruled a suicide. However, after the Czechs threw off Soviet control, new investigations were held. With  new forensic evidence, the ruling was changed to murder. Some theorize that the murder was planned by government officials who spread rumors that Masaryk was unstable in order to promote the suicide ruling.

Read more about Masaryk here: