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Avant-garde to New Wave Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties by Jonathan L. Owen
  

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 by Jonathan L. Owen

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.

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Jonathan L. Owen's book will be very valuable for scholars and students of Czech and Slovak cinema and of the Czechoslovak avant-garde generally, as well as for those interested in applying poststructuralist and psychoanalytic theory to film...Each individual film analysis is rich, detailed, well-researched, and original, as Owen smoothly adapts the insights of previous scholars in formulating his own - an undeniably masterful and highly significant study.

* Slavic Review

- a fine study of the Czechoslovak New Wave. It is impressively researched, well read in Czech and Slovak sources, and the contextualization of the New Wave is superb. It is original, and it offers a welcome new approach to the subject.

* Slavonic & East European Review

Owen provides a useful overview of Czechoslovak avant-garde art from the 1920s to the 1980s and in-depth analysis of a number of movies, some of them not well known in the West. The book will be rewarding reading for those interested in Slavic culture, European avant-gardism, and film studies.

* Choice

[T]he book's considerable lasting value lies in the quality and depth of the contextual material, accompanied by a lengthy bibliography. Owen's potted history of Czech Surrealism ... is a particularly valuable primer, as is his exploration of the peculiar historical, cultural and political conditions that allowed a surprisingly coherent film movement to spring into existence.

* Sight & Sound

This book can fill a significant lacuna in the scarce international research on and publications about the [Czechoslovak] New Wave - it presents a vital contribution to the study of the period.

* Petra Hanakova, Charles University

I think this is an excellent text. It deals with a very under-researched subject in an original yet comprehensive manner. It is well-written and well-structured.

* Elisabetta Girelli, University of St Andrews


About the Author

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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Publication date

15th February 2013

Author

Jonathan L. Owen

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Publisher

Berghahn Books

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Film theory & criticism

ISBN

9780857459015

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