Category Archives: Czech

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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European art cinema

Rocco and His Brothers – Luchiano Visconti (1960) “European art cinema is a branch of cinema that was popular in the 1960s. It is based on a rejection of the tenets and techniques of classical Hollywood cinema. European art cinema … Continue reading

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Photos: 50 Years Since a Soviet Invasion Ended the Prague Spring

Prague residents surround Soviet tanks in front of the Czechoslovak Radio building, in central Prague, during the first day of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, on August 21, 1968. “In 1968, during a period called the ‘Prague Spring,’ Alexander Dubček, … Continue reading

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