Jaromil Jireš (Czech Republic)

Jaromil Jireš was a director associated with the Czechoslovak New Wave movement. His 1963 film The Cry was presented at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. It is often described as the first film of the Czechoslovak New Wave, a movement known for its dark humor, use of non-professional actors, and "art-cinema realism". Another of Jireš's prominent works is The Joke (1969), adapted from a novel by Milan Kundera. The film was produced during the political liberalization of the 1968 Prague Spring and contains many scenes which satirize and criticize the country's communist leadership. Released after the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, the film had initial success in theaters but was then banned by authorities for the next twenty years.

Following the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, Jireš continued to work in the country, making less controversial material. In 1971, he directed My Love to the Swallows, a World War II film about a Czech resistance fighter. His 1982 film Incomplete Eclipse was presented at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival. He continued making films through the '80s and '90s, including ballet and opera documentaries for television.

Filmography

  • Strejda
    1959
  • Stopy
    1960
  • Křik
    1963
  • Romance
    1965
  • Srub
    1966
  • Žert
    1968
  • Don Juan 68
    1968
  • Valerie a týden divů
    1970
  • ...a pozdravuji vlaštovky
    1972
  • Lidé z metra
    1974
  • Ostrov stříbrných volavek
    1976
  • Talíře nad Velkým Malíkovem
    1977
  • Mladý muž a bílá velryba
    1978
  • Causa Králík
    1979
  • Útěky domů
    1980
  • Opera ve vinici
    1981
  • Neúplné zatmění
    1982
  • Katapult
    1983
  • Prodloužený čas
    1984
  • Lev s bílou hřívou
    1986
  • Helimadoe
    1993
  • Učitel tance
    1994
  • Dvojrole
    1999

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