Category Archives: Czech

Student protest

Harvard Strike – Over the span of two weeks in April of 1969, Harvard students who were diametrically opposed to the Vietnam War and its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps presence on campus kicked up a string of demonstrations. “Student protest … Continue reading

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Burning Bush – Agnieszka Holland

“Burning Bush (Czech: Hořící keř) is a 2013 three-part miniseries created for HBO by Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who … Continue reading

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Closely Watched Trains – Jiří Menzel (1966)

“Closely Watched Trains (Czech: Ostře sledované vlaky) is a 1966 Czechoslovak film directed by Jiří Menzel and is one of the best-known products of the Czechoslovak New Wave. It was released in the United Kingdom as Closely Observed Trains. It … Continue reading

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The revolutionary challenge of “the long 1968”

Poster by OSPAAAL, the Cuban Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America. “In revolutionary moments, social realities that are hard to see in calmer periods rise to the surface as they are threatened, crumble, forced … Continue reading

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The Joke – Jaromil Jireš (1969)

“The Joke (Czech: Žert) is a 1969 Czechoslovak film by director Jaromil Jireš. It is considered one of the last films of the Czech New Wave movement. Based on Milan Kundera‘s novel of the same name, The Joke tells the … Continue reading

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Decolonizing society: the legacy of 1968

Student protesters in Paris, May ’68. “In 1964, students at the University of California at Berkeley staged a sit-in at Sproul Hall to protest campus restrictions on political activism. Shouting through his bullhorn, Mario Savio, the leader of the Free … Continue reading

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Miloš Forman

“Jan Tomáš ‘Miloš’ Forman (Czech: [ˈmɪloʃ ˈforman]; 18 February 1932 – 13 April 2018) was a Czech American film director, screenwriter, actor and professor who, until 1968, lived and worked primarily in the former Czechoslovakia. Forman was an important component … Continue reading

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