Věra Chytilová

Screenwriter, Pedagogue, Female Model, Director

Date of birth

02.02.1929

Place of birth

Ostrava, Československo

Date of death

12.03.2014

Place of death

Praha, Česká republika

Alternative names

Věra Ludwigová (1. provdaná), Věra Kučerová (2. provdaná)

Biography

Perhaps the most innovative director of the Czech New Wave of the 1960s, Věra Chytilová, was born on February 2, 1929 in Ostrava. While working as a clapper girl at Barrandov Studio, she was accepted to the Prague film school FAMU. During the years 1957–1962 she studied direction under the veteran Czech film director Otakar Vávra. In her schoolwork, she was visibly influenced by cinéma-vérité documentaries and formalist modern European movies. The same was true for her first feature film, Something Different (1963), which intercuts the life of a real gymnast with a fictional story of a housewife. Chytilová is probably best known for her second film, the Dadaist, surrealist and feminist hymn to creative imagination Daisies (1966). After the Soviet invasion in 1968, she wasn't allowed to shoot feature films for a few years. Then she returned with the acerbic comedy of manners The Apple Game (1977). Her satire about social reality of socialist community called Panelstory (1979) was so provocative that it could be seen only on the outskirts of Prague. After the fall of Communist regime, Chytilová completed many penetrating documentaries and four more features satirising capitalism and revealing her still equally strong moral stance. Věra Chytilová died in Prague at the age of 85, on March 12, 2014. -mrš-

Filmography

In Expectation

2015
Pedagogical management

Czech Peace

2010
Performers
filmová režisérka

Dreamers

2009
Pedagogical management

Pleasant Moments

2006
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Music Composed by

In Search of Ester

2005
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Performers
režisérka

Ban from Paradise

2001
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Shooting Script, Music Advisor

Traps

1998
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Shooting Script, Music Advisor

The Garden of Eden

1994
Pedagogical management

The Garden of Eden

1994
Pedagogical management

Agostino

1993
Pedagogical management
režie

Solitude

1993
Pedagogical management
režie

The Inheritance or Fuck off, Boys, Guten Tag

1992
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay

Harvest

1992
Pedagogical management
režie

The Hunt

1992
Pedagogical management
režie

Silent Room

1992
Pedagogical management
režie

The People of Prague Understand Me

1991
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay

TGM the Liberator

1990
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Commentary by

Tainted Horseplay

1988
Director, Screenplay, Shooting Script

The Clown and the Queen

1987
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Shooting Script

Wolf Chalet / Wolf's Hole

1986
Director, Screenplay, Shooting Script

Prague – The Restless Heart of Europe

1984
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Commentary by

Faun's Delayed Afternoon

1983
Director, Screenplay, Cast
Role: návštěvnice koncertu

Calamity

1980
Director, Screenplay, Shooting Script

Story from a Housing Estate / Prefab Story

1979
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Shooting Script

The Time is Inexorable

1978
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Commentary by

Apple Game

1976
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay

We Eat the Fruit of the Trees of Paradise / Fruit of Paradise

1969
Director, Screenplay, Shooting Script

Daisies

1966
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Shooting Script

The World Café

1965
Director, Screenplay, Shooting Script

Another Way of Life / Something Different

1963
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Shooting Script

A Bag of Fleas

1962
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Commentary by

Ceeling

1961
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Dubbing
Role: hlas manekýny

The Rhymes

1961
Director

Caterwauling

1960
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Dubbing
Role: hlas kočky

The General

1960
Cast
Role: generálova dcera

Greent Street

1959
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Commentary by, Commentary

The End of the Clairvoyant

1957
Cast
Role: dívka v plavkách

Lost People

1956
Assistant Director

Music from Mars

1954
Cooperation
klapka

Northern Harbour

1954
Cooperation
klapka

The Emperor's Baker – The Baker's Emperor

1951
Cast
Role: dvorní dáma

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Cena ministerstva kultury České republiky za přínos v oblasti kinematografie a audiovize

2014
Praha / Czech Republic

Vítěz

Event: 9. ceny Novoborské akademie spojených kinematografií Asociace provozovatelů kin ČR

2009
Nový Bor / Czech Republic
Cena prezidenta akademie a sklárny Ajeto za nesmazatelnou stopu ve světové kinematografii

Vítěz

Festival: 1. festival nad řekou

2009
Písek / Czech Republic
Cena Miroslava Ondříčka

Vítěz

Event: Zlatá medaile Akademie múzických umění

2009
Praha / Czech Republic
Gold Medal of the Academy of Performing Arts

Vítěz

Event: Ceny Společnosti pro vědy a umění 2004

2004
Praha / Czech Republic

Vítěz

Festival: 55. mezinárodní filmový festival, Benátky

1998
Benátky / Italy
Traps

Vítěz

Event: Rytíř umění a literatury (Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres)

1992
Paříž / France

Vítěz

Festival: 10. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1988
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
The Clown and the Queen

Vítěz

Event: Prémie Českého literárního fondu

1988
Praha / Czechoslovakia
The Clown and the Queen

Vítěz

Event: Ceny Trilobit 1966

1967
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Daisies

Vítěz

Event: Umělecká soutěž k 20. výročí osvobození Československa

1965
Praha / Czechoslovakia
A Bag of Fleas

Vítěz

Event: Umělecká soutěž k 20. výročí osvobození Československa

1965
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Another Way of Life / Something Different