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Czech Cinematography

Rich cinematic history

Czechoslovakia has a rich cinematic history, with Prague being known as the Hollywood of the East during the country's golden age of film. 1)

Czechoslovak New Wave

The Czechoslovak New Wave, a highly influential film movement in the 1960s, brought international recognition to Czech cinema. Filmmakers like Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel, and Věra Chytilová were key figures of this movement. 2)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Milos Forman's “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” (1975) became the second film in history to win the “Big Five” Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay. 3)

Karel Zeman

Czech animator and filmmaker Karel Zeman is renowned for his innovative combination of live-action and animation techniques in movies like “The Fabulous World of Jules Verne” (1958) and “The Stolen Airship” (1967). 4)

Jan Švankmajer

Jan Švankmajer, an internationally acclaimed surrealist filmmaker, is known for his unique blend of stop-motion animation and live-action. His works often feature dark and absurd elements. 5)

Three Wishes for Cinderella

Václav Vorlíček's fantasy film “Three Wishes for Cinderella” (1973) has become a beloved classic, traditionally aired on Czech and Slovak television during Christmas. 6)

Marketa Lazarová

“Marketa Lazarová” (1967), directed by František Vláčil, is considered a masterpiece of Czech cinema. It's known for its poetic and visually stunning portrayal of medieval life. 7)

Miroslav Ondříček

Czech cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček collaborated with renowned directors like Milos Forman, Lindsay Anderson, and Stanley Kubrick. He is known for his beautiful and innovative use of lighting and camera techniques. 8)

The Barrandov Studios

The Barrandov Studios in Prague have been the center of Czech filmmaking since the 1930s. Numerous international productions, including Hollywood blockbusters, have been filmed there. 9)

Czech Lion Awards

The Czech Lion Awards, established in 1993, are the most prestigious film awards in the Czech Republic, honoring outstanding achievements in Czech cinematography. 10)

Internationally acclaimed actors

The Czech Republic has produced several internationally acclaimed actors, including Jiří Menzel, Jiří Schmitzer, Vlastimil Brodský, and Ivan Trojan. 11)

Closely Watched Trains

The film “Closely Watched Trains” (1966), directed by Jiří Menzel, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, bringing global recognition to Czechoslovak cinema. 12)


In recent years, Czech filmmaker Petr Zelenka gained recognition for his movies with dark humor and philosophical themes, such as “Knoflíkáři” (2009) and “Lost in Munich” (2015). 13)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The Czech Republic hosts several prominent film festivals, including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in Central and Eastern Europe. 14)

Vibrant film industry

Czech cinema continues to thrive with the emergence of young and talented filmmakers who explore diverse themes and experiment with different genres, contributing to the country's vibrant film industry. 15)

czech_cinematography.txt · Last modified: 2023/05/26 02:04 by aga