In the summer of 1966, the state organs of Czechoslovakia launched a large-scale campaign against men with long hair.
Karlín Lives On
The catastrophic floods of August 2002 changes Prague´s Karlín district into a dead city. It took a huge amount of effort to recapture it from mud and dirt. The documentary chronicles the development in Karlín throughout the three years following the floods.
The Heritage of the Baroque Czech Lands
The baroque is a remarkable period in Czech history. In the past it was looked down on as a time of darkness and at the same time admired for the art produced by Czech artists. The documentary was made fort The Glory of the Baroque Czech Lands exhibition that took place in Prague in 2001.
Historian Josef Pekař
Already before the Second World War, Josef Pekař (1870-1937) was considered to be the most important historian after František Palacký. Today Pekař is almost unknown to the general public. Maybe this is because he refused to subjugate history to any ideology. After 1945 with the general trend to leftist ideology his name was referred to with caution. In the Stalinist era he was labeled as the symbol of moral decline of bourgeois scholarship. In the decades that followed his name was not mentioned at all. Pekař was a conservative and he was apprehensive about the possibility of an independent Czech state. He had a long-term debate with T.G. Masaryk that became to be known as “The meaning of Czech history”. T.G. Masaryk, who later became the first president of an independent Czechoslovakia, was Pekař’s colleague at Charles University. Pekař was firm in his convictions and his emphases of unpleasant truths led to a number of public confrontations in the press and attacks against him from every direction. Pekař certainly was not the harmless academic who would retreat into his library under fire. Some of his habits included reading the daily press and confrontationally commenting on contemporary events and affairs. In the film, we want to illustrate this aspect of his character. This will allow us to use film footage from the era, to place Pekař within the context of his time and to ask the question: why is history important for us?
President Beneš's Journey to Moscow
This film presents a unique and up until now practically unknown film account documenting the journey of the Czech president Edvard Beneš to Moscow at the close of 1943 to sign an alliance agreement with the Soviet Union. The account stored in the National Museum Archive documents this highly discussed event of modern Czechoslovak history including the lesser-known circumstances of this mission – talks by the Czechoslovak President with the Persian Shah Reza Pahlavi or his meeting with Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill.
Five chapters by leading Czech documentary filmmakers on August 2002 when Prague was besieged by the worst flood in five hundred years.
Tomáš Baťa I.
The film gives an account of the pivate life and activities, achievements or set-backs, of the founder of the shoemaking concern Tomáš Baťa, whose enterprise influenced the city of Zlín, that "Czech America" of the thirties.
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