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Hugo Haas - more than just a "foreign Ed Wood"

14-02-2012 16:10 | Coilin O'Connor

Hugo Haas Hugo Haas was one of the stars of Czechoslovak cinema's golden age of the 1930s. This versatile actor and director was hugely popular in the First Republic and he appeared in a number of classic films from that era. Despite his success, however, Haas's life and career - like that of so many other Czechs who lived during this period - was blighted by the tide of history that swept through Czechoslovakia in the 20th century.  More

Screen Czech

11-02-2012 | Peter Smith

Miloš Forman The undisputed most famous Czech director alive today, Milos Forman speaks about his varied career in the Czechoslovakia and in Hollywood ahead of his 80th birthday. I’ll be talking to the model, singer and now actress Iva Fruhlingova about what it’s like to make her screen debut and the ups and downs of working with one of the most successful Czech directors still resident in the country, Filip Renc.  More

Documentary filmmaker Martin Dušek on why his native region continues to inspire him

30-01-2012 15:02 | Sarah Borufka

Martin Dušek Martin Dušek, who often works with co-director Ondřej Provazník, is a two-time winner of the main prize at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, the Czech Republic’s most prestigious documentary award. His films “A Town Called Hermitage” and “Coal in the Soul” were both shot in the former Sudetenland in North Bohemia, a border region whose Sudeten German inhabitants were expelled from Czechoslovakia after the war. Martin Dušek ’s latest film deals with his own Sudeten German heritage – in a humorous and provocative way. I caught up the director to speak about why this part of country continues to inspire him and how he discovered his love for making documentaries.  More

Screen Czech

14-01-2012 02:01 | Peter Smith

In this edition of Screen Czech: just what is it that Czechs like in their movies? That and other questions will be answered by Briana Cechova, the head of the Czech National Film Archive. And, a look back on the one of the Czech Republic’s most famous film directors.  More

Jiří Trnka: an artist who turned puppets into film stars

06-12-2011 14:53 | Ruth Fraňková

Jiří Trnka (1967), photo: CTK It would be hard to meet a Czech whose childhood was not touched (perhaps unconsciously) by the art of Jiří Trnka, a painter, puppeteer, illustrator and above all, the founding father of Czech animated film. His poetic drawings brought immortality to books that would otherwise be long forgotten. And his animated films bestowed dozens of puppets and drawings with life.  More

Debuting director Miroslav Ondruš on his new psychological thriller Vendeta

02-12-2011 16:56 | Jan Velinger

Vendeta In this week’s Arts my guest is a new film director Miroslav Ondruš whose debut feature film Vendeta is now in Czech cinemas. The film, as the name suggests, is a psychological thriller with revenge at its dark heart. It stars an intense Ondřej Vetchý as a father who loses a loved one and is already being described as one of his finest performances.  More

Creator of world-famous Krtek (Little Mole) dies at 90

01-12-2011 16:05 | Jan Velinger

Zdeněk Miler, photo: CTK The Czech illustrator and animator Zdeněk Miler has died at the age of 90. The artist was best known for the creation of Krtek (or Little Mole), a cartoon character loved by generations of Czech children that first appeared in the 1950s. Earlier in 2011, a plush toy of the animated character even went to space on one of the last space shuttle flights.  More

Screen Czech

26-11-2011 02:01 | Peter Smith

Ludmila Claussová In this edition of Screen Czech I’ll be speaking to one of the most influential people in the Czech film industry – Ludmila Claussova, chairwoman of the Czech Film Commission – a one-stop shop for all producers looking to shoot here in the Czech people. She’ll be telling us about what the commission has to offer and gives some forthright opinions on the country’s much maligned film incentive scheme.  More

DVD series resurrects 1950s Czechoslovak Socialist Realist films

25-11-2011 11:43 | Ian Willoughby

Filmy patří lidu (Films Belong to the People) is the title of a series of Socialist Realist pictures that have been released on DVD in the Czech Republic in recent months. These propaganda-filled films are from the 1950s, the harshest decade of the communist era, notorious for its brutal repression, show trials and forced labour camps.  More

Alice Nellis – leading Czech filmmaker returns with Perfect Days

14-11-2011 13:53 | Ian Willoughby

Alice Nellis With dramas like Eeeny Meeny, Little Girl Blue and Mamas and Papas, Alice Nellis has become one of the best-known Czech filmmakers of her generation. The director and screenwriter, who is 40, is now back at the box office with Perfect Days, a comedy adapted from the stage.  More

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