Nov 22, 2016 7:00 PM
FAMOUS FIRSTS FILM SERIES: THE DEBUT FILMS OF FAMU´S LEGENDARY DIRECTORS
Director: Miloš Forman, 1963, 86 mins, Czechoslovakia
The multiple Oscar winning director’s autobiographical account captures an ordinary summer in a small Czech town in the early 1960‘s. Peter is a 16 year old supermarket assistant who must watch for shoplifters when he would rather lie by the pool and look at girls. The film expresses the feelings of a rising rebellion among the youth in the Eastern Bloc a few years before The Prague Spring.
Forman graduated from FAMU in 1955.
The most difficult scene in Black Peter came towards the end of the shoot, and it was a production nightmare. We needed a long scene at a dance, but didn’t have the money to hire extras. It was summer, so we decided to rent an ice rink and a band in Kolin, throw a free dance on a Saturday night, write “for free” on the door and shoot the scene with people who’d show up. In four hours – from eight to midnight – we would have to get seven minutes of screen time on film. There were going to be no second chances.
FAMOUS FIRSTS FILM SERIES
The Famous Firsts film series showcases the debut feature films of preeminent Eastern European directors, all of whom studied at the prestigious FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts) in Prague and went on to gain recognition on the world’s stage.
Young directors are full of ideas and hungry to make their mark on the world. A director’s first film is a raw expression of their voice and visual style. It often contains the seeds of their future masterworks. This series brings together the passionate radical beginnings of five important cinematic voices.
Nov 1, 7pm Do You Remember Dolly Bell? Dir: Emir Kusturica
Nov 3, 7pm Screen Tests Dir. Agnieszka Holland
Nov 10, 7pm Intimate Lighting Dir. Ivan Passer
Nov 15, 7pm Crucial Years Dir. Juraj Jakubisko
Nov 22, 7pm Black Peter Dir. Miloš Forman
For information on the other films in this series please visit the links above or the Famous Firsts series page.
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Nov 22, 2016 7:00 PM