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:: PHOTOGALLERY - THE EIGHTIES

The 1980s were the most surprising of my life. I experienced both my creative peak and my total collapse as an artist and a citizen. I found the love of my life and discovered the place where I live to this day. I settled in Bohemia for good. I also experienced moments of absolute happiness and utter sorrow and futility - to an extent I never felt before, nor afterwards. I lived as if my life was provisional and with the feeling that I was on the run. This all culminated in euphoria with the Velvet Revolution, which changed my life. Today, I see it as extremely fortunate that I was able to live through such a historically fascinating era.



  • 1980

September, during the filming of Miloš Forman's Ragtime in New York.

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Miloš Forman on the left, on the right Claude Lelouch, who happened to be filming in the next street.

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Not only my first time in the USA, but also on the Empire State Building.

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  • 1981

A picnic outside Prague, with friends in period dress; half of them soon emigrated.

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  • 1982

With cameraman Juraj Fándli filming a village dance scene for the television (and also my very first feature) film Shores of Grace.

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  • 1983

I never got married. I'm just a witness at the village wedding of my friend, who's behind me.

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  • 1984

The crew of my first feature film Juice Novel at the time were the youngest crew at Barrandov Film Studios.

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14. 2. 1984 around 5pm in the Film Club on Národní street in Prague, when script consultant Sonja Kroupová and I found out that my feature debut Juice Novel had not been approved and would be locked away in the vault... (our picture was taken by sympathiser Jaroslav Brabec, the film's Director of Photography).

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  • 1985

With my female lead Alena Mihulová after the closed advance premiere of my feature debut Juice Novel in Náchod.

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  • 1986

Dismissed from work, my second film locked away in the vault, I endeavoured to keep my mind fresh by doing manual work reconstructing my attic flat in the centre of Prague.

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  • 1987

Slovak cameraman Dodo Lietavec characterises my situation and frame of mind at the time extremely well (the photo was then used as a New Year's greeting card for friends).

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  • 1988

A glint of the end of despair at the Theatre Fair on Střelecký island.

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Summer miracle: they were able to publicly screen my banned debut Juice Novel for the first time, in competition, at the Locarno IFF.

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  • 1989

With critic Pavel Melounek at the Viennale, which not only screened my feature film but also several documentaries.

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Our first New Year's Eve as a free country - in 1989 with friends in Prague at the bottom of Wenceslas Square.

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