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

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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.

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    Number of Pages: 256
    Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9780857459015
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    Listed in: Film theory & criticism, From c 1945 to c 2000
    Publisher: Berghahn Books

    Books by Jonathan L. Owen

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