Wild '60s #paf2015

 

The Wild '60s programme section is prepared for PAF by guest curator Pavel Ryška, visual artists and pedagogue. The section will look into the wild aspects of the production of TV commercials, cartoons and short animated films of the era. It also reveals details of the partnership between the cartoonist Jiří Winter Neprakta and his partner Bedřich Kopecný. Zdeněk Miler's animated films are also part of the programme, hosted by the character Pumprlík, who's become known as Mr. Egg (Pan Vajíčko).

Guests:Edita Plicková (CZ), Tomáš Pospiszyl (CZ), Pavel Ryška (CZ) etc.

 
 


In the Light of Laterna Magika

lecture – Tomáš Pospiszyl

In our country Laterna Magika is associated with the legendary participation of Czechoslovakia in the world exhibition in Brussels in 1958, and later with the theatre intended especially for foreign visitors to Prague. The lecture will attempt to introduce the wider resources of this art genre in the Czech environment, both in the area of avant-garde theatre and show business.

The lecture was held as part of the Festivals of Live Cinema project activities.

Neprakta = Kopecný + Winter

screening, lecture – Pavel Ryška

The story of a successful Company producing cartoon humour that was used in the press and in TV broadcasting. The story about Bedřich Kopecný (1913–1972) and Jiří Winter (1924–2011) is a probe into the complex relationships between Communist cultural politics and Czechoslovak popular culture of the 1960s.

Neprakta in a Film

lecture, screening – Pavel Ryška

An experiment for Laterna Magika. The animated “video clip” accompanying the song about a red Aero. The recapitulation of a struggle over black gold. Toponymy of Prague bogeymen. A documentary about the Czech King Jiřík’s diplomatic mission. Decorations of an exclusive hotel “At a Headless Knight”. Instruction in modern eating habits. The interiors of King Dobromysl the Merry’s palace.

To Agitate, to Experiment, to Amuse

screening, lecture – Pavel Ryška, guests – Edita Plicková, Jitka Barchantská-Turecká

The films made by the artist and director Zdeněk Miler. Piles of coal and meadows full of pies. A frosted little lad-figure and a cold-blooded doll. Pink She, Blue He. Partial animation as well as a detailed study of motion. The screening will be followed by Edita Plicková’s narration about cooperation on a three-episode series about a puppy which originated at the beginning of the 1960s.

 
 Workshop with Edita Plicková I.

workshop

The workshop has a limited capacity of 10 participants and is intended for children over 9 years old, their siblings, parents and grandparents, and simply to all those who want to draw motion as it was done in the 1960s.

 
 
Socialistic Propaganda Leading to Bigger Consumer Culture

screening, lecture – Pavel Ryška

An overview of practical answers to the question: How to educate a consumer in a creative and playful way in compliance with a centrally planned economy? Examples of early attempts to span the “abysmal difference” between seduction by advertising and the systematic education of citizens to experience a healthier way of life and a more sensitive comprehension of what is tasteful and purposeful.

 
 Mr. Egg’s Commercials

screening, lecture – Pavel Ryška

The family tree of a little figure called Mr. Egg. He appeared on the screen at the beginning of 1967, introducing commercial blocks in a simple and distinctive way. His character was formed not only by Eduard Hofman, but also by many anonymous propaganda visual artists and the licensees of Czechoslovak TV.

 
Czechoslovak cartoon and puppet films today I

screening

Public agitprops and sociable satire, as well as drawn grotesques that were produced for the US market under the supervision of the director and producer Gene Deitch in the Bratři v Triku Studio. The selection disputes the statement that Czechoslovak animated film was freed from the necessity of earning money for itself by the nationalization of cinematography.

 
 What Might Have Been Tolerated as a Student’s Prank?

screening, lecture – Pavel Ryška

A banner with the text “What you learn in youth, you learn differently when you are old,” chanting of the slogan: “Don’t eat sandwiches, eat Russian eggs, the eggs of our friends,” and even half-naked girls in the Julius Fučík Park of Culture and Leisure, and the American poet Allen Ginsberg in the role of the king of the May Fest.

 

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We are Opening Svatopluk Pitra’s First Box

presentation – Pavel Ryška, Anymade

Svatopluk Pitra (1923–1993) was a graphic designer, illustrator and designer of animated films, with an original style. The first part of the edition devoted to his work includes projects from the late 1950s, when he, together with his classmate Vratislav Hlavatý, exhibited caricatures and other inconveniences, drew the mechanism of Kladyator and contributed to Hofman’s attempt at a tragic grotesque.

 
TRIK Group

screening with Miloš Henkrich’s introduction

The TRIK group, which made films by using stop motion as well as puppet animation, was the most popular Czech group of amateur animated filmmakers of the 1960s. Its official origin is dated to 1961, but its production also involves older works. The artists involved include Antonín Skoták (camera, sound), Jiří Čapek (creation of puppets), Jiří Scheuba (stop motion animation) and Ivo Dašek (sound).

 

 

Czechoslovak cartoon and puppet films today II.

screening

Public agitprops and sociable satire, as well as drawn grotesques that were produced for the US market under the supervision of the director and producer Gene Deitch in the Bratři v Triku Studio. The selection disputes the statement that Czechoslovak animated film was freed from the necessity of earning money for itself by the nationalization of cinematography.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PAF activities in 2017 have been supported by: The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Cinematography Fund, The City of Olomouc, The Olomouc Region and International Visegrad Fund.

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