Otakar Vávra (Czech Republic)

Otakar Vávra (1911–2011), director and teacher, a legend of Czech film, whose extensive oeuvre spread across five decades. He made a major impact with two features from 1937 (History of Philosophy and Virginity). These works already showed the characteristic traits of what was to come – a preference for high-grade literary models, well-constructed screenplays, a perfectionist’s approach to directing, and collaboration with leading names, often stage actors. He was chiefly disposed towards realistic dramas treating psychological and historical themes, and his films often conveyed his socio-critical and political awareness (Presentiment, Golden Queen, his Hussite trilogy, Witches’ Hammer, The Liberation of Prague). Vávra played a major role in film education, establishing a new concept for FAMU, where he taught a number of principal figures of the New Wave.

Filmography

  • Moje Praha
    2003
  • Oldřich a Božena
    1985
  • Veronika
    1985
  • Komediant
    1984
  • Days of Betrayal
    1973
  • Witchhammer
    1969
  • Romance for Bugle
    1966
  • Zlatá reneta
    1965
  • Against All
    1957
  • Jan Žižka
    1955
  • Jan Hus
    1954
  • Krakatit
    1948
  • History of Philosophy
    1937
  • Virginity
    1937

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