In-person: Professor Pavel Jech, Chapman University (4/7).
A mix of New Wave masterpieces and lesser known, but equally compelling works, this two-night program offers a brief but tantalizing survey of post-WWII Czech films that draw on the influence of film noir. As Czech directors grappled with the horrors of the Holocaust and the emerging existential threats of the Cold War, they drew on the shadows and fatalism that emerged from Hollywood—as did others around the world—to express the anxieties of their specific moment. These rarely screened classics are each newly restored by the National Film Archive of the Czech Republic, with Krakatit and The 13th Police Station making their U.S. restoration premieres. The UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to present this program in partnership with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles. Please check back for updates on guest speakers who will introduce the films.
Special thanks to Jaroslav Olsa, Jr., Aneta Campbell, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles.
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