Czech Film V: 1945 – 1949
A new status of the Czechoslovak cinematography was defined in one of the first Beneš Decrees. During the Communist era, the Czech film stepped forward, towards the bright tomorrows: FAMU, film festival in Karlovy Vary, new local film theatres, and lots of films – high quality ones, covering various genres, and finally coloured. And in 1947, The Siren wins the Venice Film Festival!
Czech Film VI: 1949 – 1957
Year 1948 ruined many hopes, not only in the film industry. The new regime insisted on producing the stories that would celebrate socialism builders and collective thinking, and defame the naughty imperialists. But, besides Otakar Vávra’s monumental Hussite Trilogy, some exceptional films were still occasionally made – Václav Krška’s The Moon Over the River or Bořivoj Zeman’s Proud Princess with over 8 million viewers.
Czech Film VII: 1957 – 1963
A number of inevitable changes has to be made in cinematography. An ideological approach ceases to be the only criteria; some of the films were expected to make a profit too. There was a call for the films that would reflect on the current state of things. However, once these changes were applied, the bans on films and even the filmmakers mushroomed. Meanwhile, The Deadly Invention is being screen in more than 96 New York movie theatres!
William Shakespeare and Politics
Summer Film School will introduce William Shakespeare with several films, mostly adaptations of the so-called “king’s plays” that, apart from being breathtaking dramas, capture the hidden and in many ways still topical mechanisms of political power.
William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
Martin Hilský, our foremost expert on William Shakespeare, will introduce one of the famous Shakespeare’s tragedies that discovered a new language of love and death. A thorough knowledge of the play will allow you to learn more about the manifold approaches in film adaptations.
Roger Corman's Film School or The Pulp under Wraps
All the filmmakers, who grew up on Corman’s films and who finally became highly regarded personalities, would never say a bad word about this king of the B-movies. And they would surely agree with the statement that he was a great experience. Corman was able to scent the audience expectations, he kept up with the trends and had ability to adapt to the distributional changes. And above all, he was savvy about the fast, cheap and effective film production. Some of his methods will be introduced in the lecture.
Poland and Czechoslovakia in 1956
Stalin’s death preceded the cultural liberation (“melting”). The congress of the Soviet Communist Party officially denounced the “cult of personality” as well as the era of “errors and deformation”. This process evolved in different ways in Poland and Czechoslovakia. While the critics who spoke up at the congress of the Czechoslovak Writers didn’t win much support, Polish Poznan witnessed an open rebellion and a dramatic exchange of the government. What was brought about by this temporary diplomatic cooling between these two countries?
Script Censorship in Czechoslovakia 1953 – 1962
Jan Černík (The Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, FF UP Olomouc)
The Central Press Supervision Office was founded in 1953. Film contents soon became subjects to scrutiny. In the beginning, the officers focused solely on finalized films, later on they aimed at the scripts as well. The lecture will introduce the script censorship system and explore the methods used in the mid 1950s and 1960s.
Golden Age of British Cinema
The two decades in mid-20th century when British film reached its first historic climax and won wide international acclaim. Political and social circumstances, production companies, renowned celebrities, genre trends, movie stars… All this explained by film historian and long-time SFS senior programmer Věroslav Hába.
A brief lecture on the history of anime – we will define the term itself, go through the history of the Japanese animation, we will pick up the curiosities from the Western point of view and take a closer look at the current production to keep the viewers abreast of the latest anime films. And, on the occasion of the premiere of The Boy and the Beast, we will stop by the Ghibli Studio and Mamoru Hosoda.
Luchino Visconti: The Portrait
Luchino Visconti’s artistic career lasted from the 40s to the 70s. It was a career that had left permanent trace in the Italian cinema. The lecture will be dedicated to the key topics of Visconti’s works as well as the forms he used throughout his career. We will outline his attitudes towards the past and the present, and mention his other activities in literature, music or painting. A central topic of the lecture will be Visconti’s internal conflict between his Marxist political orientation and the decadent soul.
Luchino Visconti: The German Trilogy
Visconti’s work on the German Trilogy began in the second half of the 1960s. Originally, he had meant to create a tetralogy, but the adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain never came into existence. The Trilogy consisted of The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971) and Ludwig (1973). These three films are often considered to be the highlights of Visconti’s decadent period and the departure from his political contemplations.