FAVh004 Czech and Slovak cinema during the normalization period

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
4/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jana Čuprová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D.
Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Patrycja Astrid Twardowska
Supplier department: Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Mon 16:00–20:40 C34; and Thu 27. 2. 14:00–17:40 C34, Thu 12. 3. 14:00–17:40 C34, Thu 19. 3. 14:00–17:40 C34, Thu 16. 4. 14:00–17:40 C34, Thu 30. 4. 14:00–17:40 C34
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 77 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 41/77, only registered: 0/77, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/77
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Lecture on so-called normalization period in Czech and Slovak cinema (1970-1989).
The aim of the course is to bring the historical and ideological background of this period and its mentality closer.
The subject matter of the research will be official works made on the basis of so-called society-driven demand, but also films for children and youth, genre production and documentaries.
Learning outcomes
After finishing this course, students will have been able to:
- orientate themselves in the political background of normalization cinema,
- analyze ideological elements explicitly or implicitly present in normalization films,
- lead interviews with old-timers and work with oral history,
- discuss the methodological issues of contemporary history research.
  • Introduction, normalization and issues of its research
  • Periodization of the normalization period
  • Organizational and cadre changes in Czechoslovak cinema after 1968
  • Distribution of films
  • Czechoslovak television
  • Communist Party policy in culture
  • Predominant ideological concepts
  • Preferred topics
  • Films depicting everyday life
  • Genre films
  • Films for children and youth
  • Author film
  • Film criticism
    required 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. Čas sluhů (1969 - 1989) (A Time of the Servants (1969 - 1989)). In Marta Sylvestrová (ed): Český filmový plakát 20. století. Brno - Praha: Moravská galerie - Ex libris, 2004. p. 106-114, 9 pp. mimo edice. ISBN 80-7027-125-6. info
    recommended literature
  • BLAŽEJOVSKÝ, Jaromír. Normalizační film (Cinema of normalization). Cinepur, Praha: Sdružení přátel Cinepuru, 2002, XI., No 21, p. 6-11. ISSN 1213-516X. info
  • Film a dějiny. Edited by Petr Kopal. Vyd. 1. Praha: Casablanca, 2014. 662 s. ISBN 9788087912133. info
  • KOPAL, Petr. Film a dějiny. Vydání první. Praha: Václav Žák - Casablanca, 2016. 348 stran. ISBN 9788087912515. info
    not specified
  • MACEK, Václav and Jelena PAŠTÉKOVÁ. Dejiny slovenskej kinematografie. Martin: Osveta, 1997. 599 s. ISBN 8021704004. info
  • MELOUNEK, Pavel. Horečky všedního dne, aneb, Nová jména, nové pohledy v našem filmu 70. a 80. let. Praha: Čs. filmový ústav, 1987. info
  • BÍLEK, Petr A. and Blanka ČINÁTLOVÁ. Tesilová kavalérie. Popkulturní obrazy normalizace. Příbram: Pistorius & Olšanská, 2010. 253 pp. ISBN 978-80-87053-44-7. info
  • KABELE, Jiří and Martin HÁJEK. Jak vládli? : průvodce hierarchiemi reálného socialismu. 1. vyd. Brno: Doplněk, 2008. 213 s. ISBN 9788072392131. info
  • PULLMANN, Michal. Konec experimentu : přestavba a pád komunismu v Československu. Vyd. 1. Praha: Scriptorium, 2011. 243 s. ISBN 9788087271315. info
  • KOLÁŘ, Pavel and Michal PULLMANN. Co byla normalizace? : studie o pozdním socialismu. Vydání první. Praha: Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů, 2016. 222 stran. ISBN 9788074225604. info
  • BREN, Paulina. Zelinář a jeho televize : kultura komunismu po pražském jaru 1968. Vydání 1. Praha: Academia, 2013. 458 stran. ISBN 9788020023223. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussion, film screenings, homework, research.
A section of the contact lectures will be oriented on distant study programme students. This part will be devoted to the introduction to the topic and selected topics that are not supported by the obligatory and recommended literature.
Assessment methods
Essay or interview with an old-timer.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in three years.

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