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Historical and National Background of Slovak Filmmaking

Votruba, Martin (2005) Historical and National Background of Slovak Filmmaking. KinoKultura, sp 3. 1 - 18. ISSN 1478-6567

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Preceded by Slovak-related shorts, Slovak filmmaking started with the 1921 feature Jánošík (dir. Jaroslav Jerry Siakeľ) funded by the Slovak-American company Tatra Film from Chicago. Subsequent films mostly focused on folklore (including another feature about Jánošík in 1935, dir. Martin Frič) and newsreels until topics concerning World War II and the onset of communism launched a period of increased production, but also struggle with censorship. The Sun in a Net (dir. Štefan Uher, 1962) helped launch the Czechoslovak New Wave (Prague New Wave, Czech New Wave), and The Shop on Main Street (dir. Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, 1964) became the first Central European film to receive an Oscar. The 1960s also saw socially committed and experimental filmmaking, which was reduced during the following decade of more restrictive censorship. The 1980s brought a enormously popular blockbusters, some of which combined popular appeal with cultivated content, while others foreran the collapse of communism by accommodating pop culture and seeking ticket sales.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Votruba, Martinvotruba@pitt.eduVOTRUBA
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Russian and East European Studies
Date: December 2005
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: KinoKultura
Volume: sp 3
Publisher: Birgit Beumers, University of Bristol
Page Range: 1 - 18
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Slavic Languages and Literatures
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Slovak, film, Slovak, cinema, history, of, Slovak, film, history, of, Slovak, cinema, film, under, communism, Central, European, film, Central, European, cinema, Czechoslovak, film, Czechoslovak, cinema, Koliba, Studio, Bratislava, The, Shop, on, Main, Street, Jánošík, in, film, The, Sun, in, a, Net, folklore, in, film, film, censorship, Slovak, blockbusters
ISSN: 1478-6567
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Other ID: 2805
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2010 16:09
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:11


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