Cinematography of oblivion (Kinematografie zapomnění)
Štěpán Hulík
pp. 59, 69, 84, 85, 190, 221, 223, 225–229, 456, 457

The book Cinematography of Oblivion is an attempt to capture the turning point of the end of the reform process of 1968 and the beginning of normalization in one of the areas of Czechoslovak culture, cinematography. The changes that took place after August 1968 in Czechoslovak film are described in the changes of one place – the Barrandov Film Studio. In the introduction to the book, the author captures a short stage of the Prague Spring and the successes that domestic filmmakers managed to achieve at this time not only in the field of art, but also in the wider social field. It describes how the invasion of the occupying armies and the subsequent changes in the leadership of the party and the state were reflected in film production – it deals with a number of so-called "safe" films, which were no longer allowed to be shown in cinemas, as well as already unfinished or even unrealized authorial intentions of famous creators. It captures the end of the "new wave" and the fates of individual filmmakers included in this current in the first years of normalization, describes the mechanism of purges in domestic film in the early 1970s and depicts portraits of a new regime of loyal filmmakers. It also gives a picture of this "new", "revived" Czechoslovak film, together with specific film titles characteristic of the first stage of the normalization era. For the purposes of the book, there were two dozen interviews with domestic filmmakers – directors, screenwriters, cameramen and producers. The book brings seven of these interviews in full. In addition, the publication also includes a photographic supplement and reproductions of exclusive original documents from the recently opened archives of the Barrandov Film Studio.