Tag Archives: Ivan Vyskocil

Jaromil Jires – Mladý muz a bílá velryba AKA The Young Man and Moby Dick (1979)

Viktor is a prime example of passivity, he “lives as if he had everything already behind him”. Břéťa is a “charged solar battery, that keeps on charging energy”. Between these two men there enters a woman, Edita, who is uncompromisingly career oriented. Read More »

Hynek Bocan – Pasták AKA Reform School AKA Borstal (1968)

Pasták is a Czech drama film. It was made by director Hynek Bočan in 1968 but only released in 1990.
A young teacher is sent to a rural reform school, where he is faced with brutality of the inmates. The story, based on the novel of the same name by Karel Misafi, was banned during the final editing of the film and was only finished and released after the Velvet Revolution. Read More »

Jan Nemec – O slavnosti a hostech AKA The Party and the Guests (1966)

Distinguished as being ‘banned forever’ in its native Czechoslovakia, Nemec’s film is a masterpiece of barbed, darkly sinister wit. As a biting satire of governmental and institutional power and with its astute observations of human nature and conformity, it is a film whose relevance continues to this day.
Considered the most politically dangerous film made during the short flowering of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s, this is its first-ever release on DVD. Read More »