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May 29, 2018 9:15 PM - Jun 3, 2018 7:15 PM

1968 ON SCREEN: Three Czech movies screening at Anthology Film Archives

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:15 PM 
And Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 7:15 PM 

Jan Neměc
(1968, 26 min, 35mm-to-digital)
One of the most powerful documentaries ever made, ORATORIO FOR PRAGUE contains rare footage from the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in 1968. Neměc began filming with the intention to document the Prague Spring, a celebration of the newfound liberalization of Czechoslovakia, but the film’s subject took a dramatic turn when Soviet tanks rolled through the streets. Despite being banned, the film was to have a profound impact. The raw footage represented the first proof that the Soviet Army had not been “invited” into Czechoslovakia and was used in international news reports.

Evald Schorm
(1968/90, 35 min, 35mm-to-digital, silent)
CONFUSION presents an illegal collection of footage from the days and months following the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops. It shows unrests in the streets of Prague and also the extraordinary 14th convention of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.

Stanislav Milota
JAN 69
(1969, 8 min, 35mm-to-digital. Photographed by Stanislav Milota & Jaromír Kallista.)
This film presents footage shot on the day of the burial of Jan Palach, a student who immolated himself on January 16, 1969, in protest of the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact armies. The footage survives only because it was hidden from the police, who sought to confiscate and destroy all documents relating to both August 1968 and the death of Jan Palach. The film was produced and edited illegally, with only a single print struck. Cinematographer Stanislav Milota succeeded in smuggling it out of the country, donating it to Israel’s National Archive. It was not until March 2002 that some discarded outtakes were located in the vaults of the former Central Directorate for Cinema.

Total running time: ca. 75 min.

This screening is part of: 1968 ON SCREEN

More information HERE


Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003


From: May 29, 2018 9:15 PM
To: Jun 3, 2018 7:15 PM


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