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Realising Utopia: Cinema & 1968. Prague & 1968: 3 Documentaries

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Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies Film & Lecture Series 2018.

Realising Utopia: Cinema & 1968. Prague & 68: 3 Documentaries

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Ralahine Member: Pavla Veselá (Charles University Prague)

Location: Ormston House

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

Documentaries: Jan Němec's Oratorio for Prague (1968); Evald Schorm's Zmatek (Confusion; 1968-69, released in 1989); & Vlado Kubenko et al., Tryzna (Memorial Service; 1969)

Introduction:

The session will open with Oratorio for Prague (Oratorium pro Prahu, dir. Jan Němec), which was intended as a chronicle of the hopes that the Prague Spring revitalized but ended as a record of these hopes being crushed.

Confusion (Zmatek, dir. Evald Schorm), besides offering additional footage from the days of the invasion by Warsaw Pact tanks, introduces debates at the emergency communist party meeting that took place in a Prague-Vysočany factory.

Finally, Memorial Service (Tryzna, dir. Vlado Kubenko et al.) documents reactions to the death of the student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest of the events on 16 January 1969.

Bio - Pavla Veselá

A senior lecturer in American studies and literature, Pavla holds a PhD in comparative literature from Duke University.

The focus of her work has been modern American and Russian literature, especially utopias, science fiction as well as minority and migrant writing.

Her articles and reviews appeared in the journals Spaces of Utopia; Poetics Today; Science Fiction Studies; Espinosa; Litteraria Pragensia; and the NWSA Journal.

Studies in edited collections include “A Structuralist History of Zdeněk Vančura” (Prague English Studies and the Transformation of Philologies, ed. Martin Procházka and Ondřej Pilný, Prague: Karolinum, 2012); “Hope in Toni Morrison’s Writing for Children” (Echoes of Utopia, ed. Barbara Klonowska et al., Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 2012); “Afroamerické utopie Samuela R. Delanyho a Octavie E. Butlerové” (Moderní svět, ed. Miroslav Petříček, Prague: Herrmann a synové, 2011); and “Socialist Realism and Abram Tertz’s Fantastic Stories” (Realism’s Others, ed. Geoffrey Baker and Eva Aldea, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).

Pavla has also contributed to several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of the Cold War (2008), and co-edited the collection Feminism in Central and Eastern European Countries (1997).

  • Documentary film
  • Experimental film
  • Politics
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