By Jonathan L. Owen
The cultural liberalization of communist Czechoslovakia within the Nineteen Sixties produced many creative accomplishments, now not least the prestigious motion pictures of the Czech New Wave. This move observed filmmakers use their new freedom to interact with traditions of the avant-garde, in particular Surrealism. This booklet explores the avant-garde's impression over the recent Wave and considers the political implications of that impression. The shut research of chosen movies, starting from the Oscar-winning Closely saw Trains to the aesthetically difficult Daisies, is contextualized through an account of the Czech avant-garde and a dialogue of the flicks' fast cultural and political background.
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