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Avant-Garde To New Wave [electronic resource] : Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties

By: Material type: Computer fileComputer filePublisher number: 9780857451262Publication details: New York : Berghahn Books, 2011.ISBN:
  • 9780857451279
Subject(s): Genre/Form: Additional physical formats: Print version:: Avant-Garde To New Wave : Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the SixtiesDDC classification:
  • 791.4309
LOC classification:
  • PN1993.5 .C9 O84 2011
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Contents:
Avant-Garde to New Wave; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction. Surrealism In and Out of the Czechoslovak New Wave; Chapter 1. Inspirations, Opportunities: Cultural and Historical Contexts; Chapter 2. Pavel Jurácek's Josef Kilián (1963) and A Case for the Young Hangman (1969): From the Surreal Objectto the Absurd Si; Chapter 3. Jirí Menzel's Closely Observed Trains(1966): Hrabal and the Heterogeneous; Chapter 4. Spoiled Aesthetics: Realism and Anti-Humanism in Vera Chytilová's Daisies (1966)
Chapter 5. Flights From History: Otherness, Politics and Folk Avant-Gardism inJuraj Jakubisko's The Deserter and the Nomads (1968) and Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)Chapter 6. Back to Utopia: Returns of the Repressed in Jaromil Jireš's Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970); Chapter 7. Jan Švankmajer: Contemporary Czech Surrealism and the Renewal of Language; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Summary: The cultural liberalization of communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s produced many artistic accomplishments, not least the celebrated films of the Czech New Wave. This movement saw filmmakers use their new freedom to engage with traditions of the avant-garde, especially Surrealism. This book explores the avant-garde's influence over the New Wave and considers the political implications of that influence. The close analysis of selected films, ranging from the Oscar-winning to the aesthetically challenging Daisies, is contextualized by an account of the Czech avant-garde and a discussion of the
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Avant-Garde to New Wave; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction. Surrealism In and Out of the Czechoslovak New Wave; Chapter 1. Inspirations, Opportunities: Cultural and Historical Contexts; Chapter 2. Pavel Jurácek's Josef Kilián (1963) and A Case for the Young Hangman (1969): From the Surreal Objectto the Absurd Si; Chapter 3. Jirí Menzel's Closely Observed Trains(1966): Hrabal and the Heterogeneous; Chapter 4. Spoiled Aesthetics: Realism and Anti-Humanism in Vera Chytilová's Daisies (1966)

Chapter 5. Flights From History: Otherness, Politics and Folk Avant-Gardism inJuraj Jakubisko's The Deserter and the Nomads (1968) and Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)Chapter 6. Back to Utopia: Returns of the Repressed in Jaromil Jireš's Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970); Chapter 7. Jan Švankmajer: Contemporary Czech Surrealism and the Renewal of Language; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

The cultural liberalization of communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s produced many artistic accomplishments, not least the celebrated films of the Czech New Wave. This movement saw filmmakers use their new freedom to engage with traditions of the avant-garde, especially Surrealism. This book explores the avant-garde's influence over the New Wave and considers the political implications of that influence. The close analysis of selected films, ranging from the Oscar-winning to the aesthetically challenging Daisies, is contextualized by an account of the Czech avant-garde and a discussion of the