Experimental film in Eastern Europe

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373MEFVE Z 1 12S Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Basic overview of institutions, characteristics and film experiment pieces in Eastern Europe from the 1940s - 1980s.

Mode of study

Lecture, screening, colloquium

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of the History of Film and Film Avant garde is recommended.

Course contents

This course is a historic overview of post-war trends of Eastern European experimental film, neo-avant garde tendencies of the 1940s and 50s, institutions, artistic groups and important figures particularly of the 1970s and 80s. This course focuses in particular on case studies of the Workshop Film Form (Poland), Studies of Bela Balazs (Hungary) and groups of Necro-realists (Russia). In the Czech environment, in workshops in various cultural contexts (underground, fine arts, amateur film. short film) clarify the original surroundings of a typical community, or institutional strategy of independent film making.

Recommended or required reading

Podgorskaya, Nelly, ed. Necrorealism, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2011 (http://serp.free.fr/necrorealism_english.pdf)

Kluczynski, Ryszard, W. Four chapters from the History of Polish avantgarde film.


Nemes, Gyula. Studio Bély Balázse. Dizertační práce, FAMU, 2014.

Blažíček, Martin. Čarodějné filmy pro lid: K československému filmovému undergroundu 80. let. In. Iluminace. Vol. 29, 4/2017.

Blažíček, Martin. Výtvarník jako filmař. Krajinné filmy Miloše Šejna z let 1977 – 1985. In. Kino-Ikon, 2/2019.

Gurshtein, Ksenya, Raczynska, Joanna. Balázs Béla Studio (https://www.nga.gov/features/experimental-cinema-in-eastern-europe/balazs-bela-studio.html

Assessment methods and criteria

100% attendanc at lectures and screenings is necessary.

Short review text on a selected topic of 1 standard page.

Colloquium at the close of the course, based on a previous prepared text.


Fri. 14. 2. 2020 – 10:00–12:30 / 13:30-16:00, lecture with screenings

Fri. 28. 2. 2020 – 10:00–12:00, Colloquium

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
14.02.2020 10:00–16:00 Martin BLAŽÍČEK Projection Room
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1
28.02.2020 10:00–12:00 Martin BLAŽÍČEK Room No. 428
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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