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Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties
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Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties (Paperback)

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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 Closely Observed Trains to the aesthetically challenging Daisies, is contextualized by an account of the Czech avant-garde and a discussion of the films' immediate cultural and political background.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticismHistory & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500 Publisher: Berghahn Books Publication Date: 15/02/2013 ISBN-13: 9780857459015  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jonathan L. Owen completed his Ph.D. on Czech cinema at the University of Manchester. His research interests include the European cinema of the 1960s and 1970s and the Czech twentieth-century avant-garde. He is currently preparing articles on Jiri Menzel and Jacques Rivette and a larger project on political cinema.

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