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10 Nov 2006 00:00 - 12 Nov 2006 00:00

From Prague to Hollywood: The Cinematography of Miroslav Ondricek

Miroslav Ondricek, Director of Photography, will be a guest at this homage to his work. The season explores Ondricek’s career in the Czech Republic, England and Hollywood as well as celebrating his exquisite camera work uniting such gems like Amadeus, Blonde in Love (Milos Forman), If, O Lucky Man!, White Bus (Lindsay Anderson), Slaughterhouse-Five (George Roy Hill, Intimate Lighting (Ivan Passer) and F/X - Murder by Illusion (Robert Mandel).

 

When Lindsay Anderson brought Czech cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek to England in the mid-sixties to work on The White Bus and If…, he was looking for a new sensibility, what he referred to as “a new pair of eyes”. 

 

Ondricek, a key figure of the Czech New Wave, had already worked with directors as diverse as Milos Forman and Jan Nemec, with work ranging from the realist style of A Blonde in Love via the lyrical and poetic in Intimate Lighting to the near avant-garde in Diamonds of the Night.

 

After working with Anderson, he photographed most of Milos Forman’s Hollywood films, gaining Oscar nominations for Ragtime and Amadeus. While continuing to work in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, he increasingly worked in the USA, photographing films for directors such as George Roy Hill, Mike Nichols, and Penny Marshall, and on films that ranged from Hair to Valmont to F/X Murder by Illusion.

 

Seasons of films built around directors and stars are common - even writers - but cinematographers rarely receive their due. This short season, when Ondricek will be present to introduce and discuss his films, celebrates the extraordinary variety of his work and provides a rare opportunity to examine the art of a cinematographer whose work has been truly international.

                                                           

                                                                 Peter Hames

 

 

 

FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER

MIROSLAV ONDRICEK PRESENTS

AMADEUS – DIRECTOR’S CUT

6.30 pm

(Milos Forman, US, 1984) 180m

Now with 20 minutes of additional material this multiple Oscar-winning film is based on the hidden rivalry between Salieri, the successful Viennese composer and the exuberant Mozart. Starting with Salieri’s confession to Mozart’s murder we follow the growing hatred of the only person to recognize Mozart’s genius. With the music as the star of the show, lavish costumes, painterly camera work and atmospheric Prague locations this is a dramatic treat for everybody.

PLUS

Q&A with Miroslav Ondricek

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER

MAXIDOG FIK AND HIS FRIENDS

(Czech Republic 1980 – 2004)  2pm Czech speaking only.

Children’s heroes Maxidog Fik, Bob and Bobek, Bee Teddies and Amina among others bring their charming bedtime stories to children under five. Dress up as your favourite character and come and meet Vecernicek. Fancy dress film event! Each child will get a present.

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER       

MIROSLAV ONDRICEK DOUBLE BILL

THE WHITE BUS          3.30 PM

(Lindsay Anderson, GB, 1967) 41m

Originally intended as a part of a trilogy, this rarely screened film is packed with social comment, offbeat humour and poetic camera work. The story follows a young office worker from London who returns to her hometown and joins the guided bus tour. 

 

 

PLUS

 

F/X MURDER BY ILLUSION  4.30PM

(Robert Mandel, US, 1985) 108m

A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger. Only his expertise and the maverick cop can save the day in this action packed crime caper.

Introduction by Paul Ryan and Kevin Brownlow (TBC).

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER     

MIROSLAV ONDRICEK DOUBLE BILL

INTIMATE LIGHTING    6.40 PM

(Ivan Passer, Czechoslovakia, 1965) 72m

A quiet and reflective study of a weekend in the country where two old friends, both musicians, play and get drunk together. Almost without plot, it is full of comedy and human observation combined with a gentle lyricism.

 

 

PLUS

 

IF…           8.10 PM

(Lindsay Anderson, GB,1968) 111m

Anderson’s modern classic set in an English private school follows schoolboys led by Mick Travers (Malcolm McDowell) through the oppressive and bullying world of a prefect-patrolled school to a violent climax as discontent turns into rebellion. Both funny and bizarre this film was allegorical as well as timely – The student riots in Paris  were to take place shortly after the film was shot. Winner at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.

 

 

PLUS

 

Q&A with Miroslav Ondricek, Stephen Frears, David Wood tbc. Chaired by Paul Ryan.

 

 

SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER

MIROSLAV ONDRICEK SINGLE BILL

RAGTIME    3PM

(Milos Forman, US 1981) 154m

An adaptation of E.L.Doctorow’s novel about American life before WWI. The main story revolves around a courageous black musician, who exacts spectacular retribution after his car is vandalised by envious whites. Featuring James Cagney and music by Randy Newman, this is a sumptuously filmed spectacle.

 

 

 

SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER

MIROSLAV ONDRICEK DOUBLE BILL

A BLONDE IN LOVE  6.30PM

(Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1965) 82m

With a shortage of men in their small town, Andula and her friends welcome the idea of a dance with soldiers as guests. When they turn out to be middle-aged men, a slapstick situation develops on the dance floor. Disappointed Andula spends the night with the pianist and then follows him uninvited to his parents’ house in Prague. The combination of non-actors, improvisation and sharp observation makes this an unforgettable experience, both touching and funny.

 

 

PLUS

 

SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE      8.10PM

(George Roy Hill, US, 1972)104m

An adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel about Billie Pilgrim who has become ‘unstuck in time’. Billie’s past, present and future meet moving through the 1945 firebombing of Dresden when he was a soldier (a semi-autobiographical account of Vonnegut’s real life experience), the present as a middle aged, middle class optometrist in New York and the sci-fi fantasy future as a well-cared for resident on the planet Tralfamadore.

 

 

 

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Admission:

Double bills: £6.50 (£5.50 concs)

 

Organized by the Czech Centre London in collaboration with the Riverside Studios.

 

Supported by Czech Airlines, The Lindsay Anderson Memorial Foundation and Czech Television.

 

Images If.. White Bus are the curtsey of the Lindsay Anderson Collection, University of Stirling

www.is.stir.ac.uk/libraries/collections/anderson

 

 

Venue:

116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
United Kingdom

Date

From: 10 Nov 2006 00:00
To: 12 Nov 2006 00:00

Organizer:

Czech Centre, Riverside Studios


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