FAVBPa050 History of Czech Cinema II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
8/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Šárka Jelínek Gmiterková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Pavel Skopal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Michal Večeřa, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Šárka Jelínek Gmiterková, Ph.D.
Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture – Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture – Faculty of Arts
Tue 8:00–11:40 C34, except Tue 16. 4.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 88 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 69/88, only registered: 1/88
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
An overview on the development of Czech cinema from the 1970s to the present time. The course is focused on art feature films as well as genre movies, documentaries, animations, short films etc. The lecture offers basic information about the political and cultural context, organization of film industry, changes in technology, institutions, conditions of production, distribution and exhibition.
Learning outcomes
After finishing this course, students will have been able to:
- be oriented in changes of political contexts and organization conditions which had impact on Czech film industry
- shortly interpret, analyze and contextually classify the major works of Czech cinema of the given period
- describe the creative path of the most important auteurs
- inform about audience reception, critical reflection and success at festivals.
  • Beginning of normalization, banned films, consolidation.
  • Late normalization and perestroika.
  • 1989, the end of state monopoly, Barrandov studios privatization and the 1990s´.
  • Beginning of the new millenium, digitalizaiton, distribution and exhibition.
  • Film production and its differentiation (genres, topics, tendencies, directors and producers)
    required literature
  • LUKEŠ, Jan. Diagnózy času : český a slovenský poválečný film (1945-2012). V Praze: Slovart, 2013, 447 s. ISBN 9788073917128. info
  • SZCZEPANIK, Petr. Screen industries in East-central Europe. London: BFI, 2021, xiii, 289. ISBN 9781839022739. info
    recommended literature
  • HULÍK, Štěpán. Kinematografie zapomnění : počátky normalizace ve Filmovém studiu Barrandov (1968-1973). Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2011, 475 s. ISBN 9788020020413. info
  • BLAŽEJOVSKÝ, Jaromír. Normalizační film (Cinema of normalization). Cinepur. Praha: Sdružení přátel Cinepuru, 2002, XI., No 21, p. 6-11. ISSN 1213-516X. info
    not specified
  • BREN, Paulina. Zelinář a jeho televize : kultura komunismu po pražském jaru 1968. Vydání 1. Praha: Academia, 2013, 458 stran. ISBN 9788020023223. info
  • ŠTOLL, Martin. Český film : režiséři-dokumentaristé. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2009, 695 s. ISBN 9788072774173. info
  • ŽALMAN, Jan. Umlčený film. První doplněné vydání. [Praha]: KMa, s. r. o., 2008, 431 stran. ISBN 9788073095734. info
  • BŘEZINA, Václav. Lexikon českého filmu : 2000 filmů 1930-1996. Vyd. 1. Praha: Cinema, 1996, 530 s. ISBN 8085933098. info
  • BOČEK, Jaroslav. Kapitoly o filmu. Praha: Orbis, 1968. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, screenings, home study.
Assessment methods
Final written test.

Every week, students should watch two films (one in classroom, one at home) and read one piece of obligatory reading as designed by teacher(s). Their knowledge of these study materials will be tested with short tests on a weekly basis. Students have just two possibilities to correct their answers in case they did not obtain minimum number of points or if they missed the test term completely. If a student used out both of these correction possibilities and failed for the third time, he or she won't be allowed to write the final test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in two years.
Teacher's information
Department based teachers:

Mgr. Šárka Jelínek Gmiterková, Ph.D.

Mgr. Michal Večeřa, Ph.D.

PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D.

doc.Mgr. Pavel Skopal, Ph.D.

External teachers:

Mgr. Veronika Lengálová

Mgr. Ondřej Pavlík, Ph.D.

doc. Mgr. Lucie Česálková, Ph.D.

Course Organiser:

Mgr. Šárka Jelínek Gmiterková, Ph.D.

The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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