The “golden” period of Czechoslovak new wave and the “sweet” moments preceding the bitter experience of Soviet occupation are among the attributes that have become set phrases closely connected to the 1960s. Both these attributes characterize the decade as a little island of artistic and civil freedom which occurred between the gloomy postwar era and normalization boredom.
At the same time they gild iron faith in the ideals of socialism and sweeten the bitter facts that resulted from it.
A more realistic and critical retrospective glance, however, will show many shadows in the light atmosphere of the 1960s; this atmosphere was then revealed to be an arena in which an open conflict between intellectual ferment and repressive authority took place.
The Wild ‘60s tolerate neither the descriptions made by uncompromising ideologists, nor the descriptions of parties where miniskirts and big beat played major roles. They search for uncommitted relationships between the emerging consumer society and Communist cultural policy. The Party and Government apparatus’ efforts to gain the favour of “the people” by extending the offer of consumer goods, services and amusements, as well as the citizens’ willingness to seek out amusement adequate to valid norms will be demonstrated through examples of drawn humour, animated film and economic promotion.