Army Film and the Avant Garde

Army Film and the Avant Garde : Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military

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During the 1968 Prague Spring and the Soviet-led invasion and occupation that followed, Czechoslovakia's Army Film studio was responsible for some of the most politically subversive and aesthetically innovative films of the period. Although the studio is remembered primarily as a producer of propaganda and training films, some notable New Wave directors began their careers there, making films that considerably enrich the history of that movement. Alice Lovejoy examines the institutional and governmental roots of postwar Czechoslovak cinema and provides evidence that links the Army Film studio to Czechoslovakia's art cinema. By tracing the studio's unique institutional dimensions and production culture, Lovejoy explores the ways in which the "military avant-garde" engaged in dialogue with a range of global film practices and cultures. (The print version of the book includes a DVD featuring 16 short films produced by the Czechoslovak Ministry of Defense. The additional media files are not available on the eBook.)
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Product details

  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 28 b&w illus., 8 color illus.
  • 0253014832
  • 9780253014832

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[A] well-researched, analytically perceptive, and engagingly written book. * Slavic Review * Much like the subversive moving images she chronicles in Army Film and the Avant Garde, her work itself upends and complicates received wisdom what we think we know about government-sponsored film and Eastern European cinema-rescuing the untold story of Army Films from the dustbin of history and deftly rewriting film scholarship in the process. Summer 2015 * Film Quarterly * A fine work of scholarship. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *
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About Alice Lovejoy

Alice Lovejoy is McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and the Moving Image Studies program at the University of Minnesota.
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Table of contents

AknowledgementsNote on TranslationIntroduction1. A Deep and Fruitful Tradition: Jii Jeniek, The Film Group, and Cinema Culture of the 1930s2. All of Film is an Experiment: Postwar Documentary, Postwar Reconstruction3. The Crooked Mirror: Pedagogy and Art in Army Instructional Films4. Every Young Man: Reinventing Army Film5. A Military Avant Garde: Documentary and the Prague SpringCodaAppendix: Companion DVD ContentsFilmographyNotesBibliographyIndex
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