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Vojtěch Jasný

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A film director and screenwriter who graduated from FAMU in 1951. His early film work bears the hallmarks of cooperation with his classmate Karel Kachyňa. They made several documentaries together before parting company to pursue their own feature-film projects.

With Vojtěch Jasný, the first signs of an attempt to change the constrained poetics of his work up to then came at the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s. Jasný is a very sensitive filmmaker, who leans toward a lyrical and poeticized narrative with a sense of folklore and an appreciation of minute detail. Jasný’s films bring a subtle but consistent poeticization of the scenes he depicts.

The first major international response to his work came with the film Až přijde kocour (The Cassandra Cat, 1963). One of his best pictures is the film Všichni dobří rodáci (All My Good Countrymen). This, however, was his last film in Czechoslovakia. At the end of the 1960s, he emigrated.

He lived and worked in Austria, Yugoslavia and Germany (where he made friends with the writer Heinrich Böll and made films based on his books and screenplays). He subsequently worked in the United States. He did not return to his homeland until the 1990s.  His latest film is Návrat ztraceného ráje (Which Side Eden).


Added: 11.12.2009

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