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Also Known As: Vojta Jasny Died:
Born: November 30, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: director, screenwriter, instructor

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Central figure of the Czech New Wave. Jasny entered the acclaimed Prague film school (FAMU) in its inaugural year, worked in documentaries with early collaborator Karel Kachyna, and began turning out fiction features in the mid-1950s. Jasny's first solo feature, "September Nights" (1957), is generally considered a seminal work of the New Wave, but it was his next film, "Desire" (1958), which propelled him into the international spotlight. "Desire" displayed a lyrical, poetic quality that found its greatest expression, three features later, in "Cassandra Cat" (1963). An infectious mixture of children's' fairy tale and political satire, "Cat" whimsically chronicles the arrival in a small town of a magical cat, whose unshielded gaze turns people the color of their true character; thus lovers turn red, adulterers yellow, cheats and thieves grey, etc. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes and remains the director's best known work in the West. Just before the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, Jasny crafted another exceptional work, "All My Good Countrymen" (1968), a satirical take on life in a small town between 1945 and 1968. "Countrymen" won best director honors at Cannes in 1969 but also...

Central figure of the Czech New Wave. Jasny entered the acclaimed Prague film school (FAMU) in its inaugural year, worked in documentaries with early collaborator Karel Kachyna, and began turning out fiction features in the mid-1950s.

Jasny's first solo feature, "September Nights" (1957), is generally considered a seminal work of the New Wave, but it was his next film, "Desire" (1958), which propelled him into the international spotlight. "Desire" displayed a lyrical, poetic quality that found its greatest expression, three features later, in "Cassandra Cat" (1963).

An infectious mixture of children's' fairy tale and political satire, "Cat" whimsically chronicles the arrival in a small town of a magical cat, whose unshielded gaze turns people the color of their true character; thus lovers turn red, adulterers yellow, cheats and thieves grey, etc. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes and remains the director's best known work in the West.

Just before the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, Jasny crafted another exceptional work, "All My Good Countrymen" (1968), a satirical take on life in a small town between 1945 and 1968. "Countrymen" won best director honors at Cannes in 1969 but also precipitated Jasny's departure from a now Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia. He made a beautifully orchestrated "farewell to my homeland," the 20-minute "Czech Rhapsody" (1969), before landing in the West. Jasny's subsequent films (including a 1975 adaptation of Heinrich Boll's "The Clown") have been more sporadic and less highly regarded than his earlier, Czech works.

Jasny taught film in Prague, Germany and Austria and, since 1984, has been lecturing at Columbia University in New York, where his old pupil, Milos Forman, is co-chairman of the film department.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Which Side Eden (1999) Director
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  Gladys (1999) Director
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  Why Havel? (1991) Director
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  Fluchtversuch (1976) Director
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  Ernst Fuchs (1976) Director
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  Ansichten Eines Clowns (1975) Director
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  Cassandra Cat, The (1963) Director
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  Milos Forman: Portrait (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Freezing Sunlight (1996) Himself
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Made first (amateur) films aged 14
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Retained in labor camp during WWII
1950:
Feature film co-directing debut with Karel Kachyna, "It's Not Always Cloudy" (graduation project)
1950:
Worked as documentary cameraman and director (often in collaboration with Kachyna); assigned to China with Kachyna to make documentaries (1952)
1954:
Ended creative partnership with Kachyna after co-directing fiction feature "Everthing Ends Tonight"
1957:
Solo feature directing debut, "September Nights"
1969:
Made final film in Czechoslovakia, "Czech Rhapsody" (22 mins)
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Film instructor at Vienna Film Academy
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Film instructor at Universtiy of Salzburg
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Film instructor at Munich Film Academy
1984:
Began teaching film at Columbia University
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Education

Charles University: -
Charles University: -
FAMU: - 1946 - 1950

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