CST:CZS32 Czech Cinema I - Course Information

CZS32 Czech Cinema I

Pan-university studies
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Violeta Osouchová
Pan-university studies
Contact Person: Ing. Violeta Osouchová
Supplier department: Pan-university studies
Tue 9:00–11:40 C34
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 70 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/70, only registered: 4/70
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course is concerned with selected periods, genres and themes of the history of Czech cinema.
Main objectives can be summarized as follows:
to understand relationships between history, ideology and subversion during the history of Czech cinema
be familiar with the genre spectrum of Czech cinema
to enjoy selected films as a spectator.
  • • Introduction. The silent era. Gustav Machatý: Erotikon (1929), Extase (1933). The sound era 1930–1945. Typology of comedies: Vlasta Burian, crazy comedy, student comedies. Jiří Voskovec & Jan Werich, Martin Frič: Heave Ho! (Hej-rup!, 1934), The World Belongs to Us (Svět patří nám, 1937); Martin Frič: Kristian (1939).
  • • The post-war era. The representation of the Holocaust, Alfréd Radok: Distant Journey (Daleká cesta, 1949). Socialist realism, Karel Steklý: The Strike (Siréna, 1947); Vladimír Vlček: Tomorrow, People Will Be Dancing Everywhere (Zítra se bude tančit všude, 1952). Martin Frič: The Emperor's Baker – The Baker's Emperor (Císařův pekař – Pekařův císař, 1951). Otakar Vávra: The Hussite Trilogy (1954–1956)
  • • The beginning of the „thaw“. Vojtěch Jasný: When the Cat Comes (Až přijde kocour, 1963, 99 minutes).
  • • František Vláčil: Marketa Lazarová (1967, 75 + 85 = 160 min.).
  • • The representation of the Holocaust, Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos: The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze, 1965, 121 min.).
  • • The Czech New Wave, Jiří Menzel, Evald Schorm, Juraj Herz. Věra Chytilová: Daisies (Sedmikrásky, 1966, 76 min).
  • • The Czech New Wave, Jan Němec: Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci, 1964), A Report on the Party and Guests (O slavnosti a hostech, 1966, 70 min.).
  • • The Czech New Wave, Miloš Forman: Firemen‘s Ball (Hoří, má panenko, 1967, 71 min.).
  • • The Czech New Wave, Pavel Juráček: Case for a Rookie Hangman (Případ pro začínajícího kata, 1969).
  • • Genre movies – musicals, comedies, fairy tales, detective stories, children’s movies. A time of servants: the normalization period.
  • • The Velvet Revolution and after.
    required literature
  • HAMES, Peter. Czech and Slovak cinema : theme and tradition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010. vii, 264. ISBN 9780748620821. info
    recommended literature
  • Visegrad cinema : points of contact from the new waves to the present. Edited by Petra Hanáková - K. B. Johnson. 1st pub. Praha: Casablanca, 2010. 196 s. ISBN 9788087292044. info
  • HAMES, Peter. The czechoslovak new wave. 2. ed. London: Wallflower Press, 2005. xi, 323. ISBN 1904764436. info
    not specified
  • ŠVANKMAJER, Jan. Jan Švankmajer : dimensions of dialogue/between film and fine art. Edited by František Dryje - Bertrand Schmitt. 1st ed. Řevnice: Arbor vitae, 2012. 508 s. ISBN 9788074670169. info
  • SZCZEPANIK, Petr and Jaroslav ANDĚL. Cinema All the Time. An Anthology of Czech Film Theory and Criticism, 1908-1939. Praha: Národní filmový archiv, 2008. 316 pp. Knihovna Iluminace 26. ISBN 978-80-7004-137-6. info
  • BARTELT, Dana. Czech film posters of the 20th century. Edited by Zbyněk Groh - Marta Sylvestrová. Brno: Moravian Gallery, 2004. 493 s. ISBN 8070271280. info
  • BUCHAR, Robert. Czech new wave filmmakers in interviews. Edited by A. J. Liehm. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2004. v, 215. ISBN 078641720X. info
  • The cinema of Central Europe. Edited by Peter Hames. 1st pub. London: Wallflower Press, 2004. xv, 291. ISBN 1904764215. info
  • Dark alchemy : the films of Jan Švankmajer. Edited by Peter Hames. Westport: Praeger, 1995. 202 s. ISBN 0275952991. info
  • LIEHM, Mira and A. J. LIEHM. The most important art : eastern European film after 1945. 1s paperback print. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980. 467 s. ISBN 0520041283. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, film screenings, reading, homework.
Assessment methods
The assessment is based on two essays: the first one (of 1000-1200 words) will be inspired by the topic: The history of Central Europe in the mirror of Czech films. This text should be handed in or sent by email until 3 April. The second essay (of 1500-2000 words) will be inspired by the topic: Czech cinema between genre and auteurism, conformity and subversion. This text should be handed in or sent by email until 17 May.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016.
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