Pavel Juráček

Screenwriter, Dramaturge, Poet, Prose Writer, Columnist, Director

Date of birth

02.08.1935

Place of birth

Příbram, Československo

Date of death

20.05.1989

Place of death

Praha, Československo

Alternative names

Jan Brandýs (pseudonym)

Biography

Pavel Juráček worked on many Czech New Wave movies as a screenwriter before he became a director. He completed only two features, one of which was banned for more than 20 years. Jurácek was born on August 2, 1935 in Příbram. After working for a local newspaper, in 1957 he enrolled at the Prague film school FAMU, where he studied dramaturgy. As a screenwriter he collaborated, among others, on the sci-fi Voyage to the End of the Universe (1963), Věra Chytilová’s Dadaist satire Daisies (1966) and the post-apocalyptic allegory The End of August at the hotel Ozone (1966). His first film as director was the medium-length Joseph Kilian (1963). That Kafkaesque portrait of everyday oddities, based on the hero's encounters with bureaucracy, was co-directed by his friend Jan Schmidt. During his military service, Juráček made his second film, Every Young Man (1965), linking together two fitting stories about army life. Juráček's most ambitious work, A Case for the Young Hangman (1969), was based on the third book of Gulliver's Travels. In this eerie, dark and brainy satire, Juráček captured the absurdity of life under a totalitarian régime with technical brilliance and blistering humour. Shortly after the Soviet occupation of 1968, Hangman was shelved and Juráček was never allowed to make another film because of his refusal to compromise with the government. He died of cancer in May 1989, only months before the fall of the Communist regime that had prematurely terminated his career. -mrš-

Filmography

The Situation of Wolf

1994
Screen Story, Screenplay

The Ark of Fools

1990
Creative Group

South-West Passage

1989
Cooperation

The Bride

1970
Creative Group

Case for the New Hangman

1969
Director, Screenplay, Shooting Script, Creative Group

The Body of Diana

1969
Creative Group

Oratorio for Prague

1968
Commentary by

Kino-Automat – Man and His House

1967
Screen Story, Screenplay

The End of August at the Ozone Hotel

1966
Screen Story, Screenplay

Daisies

1966
Screen Story

Every Young Man

1965
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay

The Finnish Knife

1965
Screen Story, Screenplay

A Jester's Tale

1964
Screenplay, Shooting Script

Joseph Kilian / A Character in Need of Support

1963
Director, Screen Story, Screenplay, Shooting Script

Ikarie XB 1 / Icarus XB 1

1963
Screen Story, Screenplay

Black-and-White Sylva

1961
Screen Story, Screenplay

Ceeling

1961
Screen Story

The Dynamite Watcher

1960
Screenplay

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: Přehlídka maďarských filmů

1994
Praha / Czech Republic

Vítěz

Event: Peněžitá odměna za film v rámci hodnocení produkce Filmového studia Barrandov v roce 1967

1968
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Kino-Automat – Man and His House

Vítěz

Event: Cena Víta Nejedlého 1966

1966
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Every Young Man

Revue

Ikarie XB 1 in the West

The screening of Ikarie XB 1 as part of the Cannes Classic presentation was not the first opportunity foreign audiences ...