Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military

Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military

By: Alice Lovejoy (author)Paperback

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During the 1968 Prague Spring and the Soviet-led invasion and occupation that followed, Czechoslovakia's Army Film studio was responsible for some of the most politically subversive and aesthetically innovative films of the period. Although the studio is remembered primarily as a producer of propaganda and training films, some notable New Wave directors began their careers there, making films that considerably enrich the history of that movement. Alice Lovejoy examines the institutional and governmental roots of postwar Czechoslovak cinema and provides evidence that links the Army Film studio to Czechoslovakia's art cinema. By tracing the studio's unique institutional dimensions and production culture, Lovejoy explores the ways in which the "military avant-garde" engaged in dialogue with a range of global film practices and cultures. (The print version of the book includes a DVD featuring 16 short films produced by the Czechoslovak Ministry of Defense. The additional media files are not available on the eBook.)

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Alice Lovejoy is McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and the Moving Image Studies program at the University of Minnesota.


Aknowledgements Note on Translation Introduction 1. A Deep and Fruitful Tradition: Jii Jeniek, The Film Group, and Cinema Culture of the 1930s 2. All of Film is an Experiment: Postwar Documentary, Postwar Reconstruction 3. The Crooked Mirror: Pedagogy and Art in Army Instructional Films 4. Every Young Man: Reinventing Army Film 5. A Military Avant Garde: Documentary and the Prague Spring Coda Appendix: Companion DVD Contents Filmography Notes Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/12/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780253014887
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 322
  • ID: 9780253014887
  • weight: 459
  • ISBN10: 0253014883

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