Czech New Wave

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311CNW exam 3 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 54 to 69 hours of self-study English summer

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The aim of the course is to cover the most important period in the history of than Czechoslovak Cinema, so-called Czechoslovak New Wave, and explain all the conditions that enable its genesis.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will:

-be able to define New Wave movements

-understand the specificity of the Czechoslovak New Wave movement, as well as its international connections

-explain why it occurred in the specific historical epoch

-analyze the New Wave films and understand their historical/cultural references

Prerequisites and other requirements

Willingness to read, think, speak, write and learn about Czech cinema is the only prerequisite.


Recommended Reading

BURCH, Noel. Theory of Film Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

The Cinema of Central Europe. Ed. HAMES, Peter. London and NYC: Wallflower, 2004.

HAMES, Peter. The Czechoslovak New Wave. London, New York: Wallflower Press, 2005.

HANÁKOVÁ, Petra. Voices from the Other World: Feminine Space and Masculine Intrusion. In: East European Cinemas. Edited by IMRÉ, Aniko. New York; London: Routledge, 2005, s. 83-96.

NAHODILOVÁ, Jana. Sex in the City.

SHAVIRO, Steven. The Joke. In: SHAVIRO, Steven. The Pinocchio Theory. [online]. Dostupné z:

LIM, Bliss Cua. Dolls in Fragments: Daisies as Feminist Allegory. In: Camera Obscura, 2001, 16.2, s. 36–77.

MAZIERSKA, Ewa. Masculinities in Polish, Czech and Slovak Cinema: Black Peters and men of marble. New York: Berghahn Books, 2008.

MONACO, James. The New Wave: Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977.

OWEN, Jonathan. Slovak bohemians: revolution, counterculture and the end of the sixties in Juraj Jakubisko’s films. In: Studies in Eastern European Cinema, 2010, 1.1, 17-28.

SCHOFIELD, Adam. A Black Pearl of the Deep: Juraj Herz’s Cremator. Senses of Cinema, 2007, May, No. 43.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Students work is assessed according to class attendance, class participation, presentation, midterm essay and a final test.

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

Class attendance and participation -25%

Presentation - 25%

Midterm essay -25%

Final test -25%



Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans