A military avant garde: Experimentation in the Czechoslovak Army Film studio

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Abstract

This essay examines a series of experimental documentaries produced by the Czechoslovak Army Film studio in the late 1960s, films that were in many cases more radical, aesthetically and politically, than those of the contemporaneous Czechoslovak New Wave. The essay argues that institutional and political factors within the Army studio and the Czechoslovak state, as well as the broader social dynamics of the 'exceptional"' year of 1968, were central not only to the emergence of this 'military avant-garde', but also to the form that it took. These films thus ask us to reconsider the question of the relationship between cinema and the state within, and beyond, postwar East Central Europe, and to explore the 'productivity' of marginal spaces of cultural production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-441
Number of pages15
JournalScreen
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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