National Film Archive Prague: František Čáp’s dramatic journey around Europe

13. SEPTEMBER 2017, 15.00-16.30, GREEN HALL


František Čáp was a successful Czech director during WWII, who was forced to leave Czechoslovakia due to political changes after the 1948 coup. Paradoxically, he found his new home in another communist country and became one of the founders of Slovenian cinema. His journey from one place to another was, however, not straightforward. A film career spanning three decades and twenty-seven feature films overcame dramatic changes mostly influenced by the development of Europe around the middle of the 20th century. The lecture will give an overview of the director’s work, mostly his Czech period, using footage and photographs from the National Film Archive’s collections, and elaborate on both connections and disparities between František Čáp’s films created in various countries.



The lecture will be held by Marie Barešová, National Film Archive Prague.