Vojtěch Jasný

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Vojtěch Jasný in 1998

Vojtěch Jasný (born November 30, 1925) is a Czech director who came to prominence in the sixties. He won a Cannes Special Jury Prize for Až přijde kocour/The Cassandra Cat (1963). He was born in Kelč in Moravia.[1]

An active filmmaker in Czechoslovakia throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he was among many artists and intellectuals who left the country after the USSR-led invasion following the Prague Spring of 1968. Jasný worked in other European countries for several years including Austria, West Germany and Yugoslavia until relocating to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1980s. Jasný taught film directing classes at Columbia University for several years (where his compatriot Miloš Forman was also a professor and former Film Division Co-Chair) and continues to teach at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and The New York Film Academy (NYFA).

Až přijde kocour/The Cassandra Cat is an allegorical fable about a magical cat that comes to a small Czech town and causes the underlying nature of the townspeople to be revealed. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Also among Jasný's works is Všichni dobří rodáci /All My Good Countrymen (1968), a story centering on the lives and fates of several rural Czechs as they struggle to adapt and survive under communist rule; a film later banned in Czechoslovakia after the invasion of 1968.


  • 1950: Není stále zamračeno
  • 1950: They Know What to Do (Vědeli si rady)
  • 1950: Za život radostný
  • 1952: Neobyčejná léta
  • 1953: Lidé jednoho srdce
  • 1954: Everything Ends Tonight (Dnes večer všechno skončí)
  • 1954: Old Chinese Opera (Stará čínská opera)
  • 1954: From a Chinese Notebook (Z čínského zápisníku)
  • 1955: No Fear (Bez obav)
  • 1956: Opportunity (Příležitost)
  • 1957: Andela
  • 1957: September Nights (Zářijové noci)
  • 1958: Desire (Touha)
  • 1960: I Survived Certain Death (Přežil jsem svou smrt)
  • 1961: Pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary (Procesí k panence)
  • 1963: The Cassandra Cat (Až přijde kocour)
  • 1966: The Pipes (Dýmky)
  • 1968: All My Compatriots (Všichni dobří rodáci)
  • 1969: Warum ich Dich liebe (TV)
  • 1969: Czech Rhapsody (Ceská rapsodie)
  • 1970: Nicht nur zur Weihnachtszeit (TV)
  • 1972: Der Leuchtturm (TV)
  • 1972: Nasrin oder Die Kunst zu träumen (TV)
  • 1974: Der Kulterer (TV)
  • 1974: Frühlingsfluten (TV)
  • 1975: Des Pudels Kern (TV)
  • 1976: Alexander März (TV)
  • 1976: Attempted Flight (Fluchtversuch)
  • 1976: The Clown (Ansichten eines Clowns)
  • 1976: Bäume, Vögel und Menschen (TV)
  • 1976: Ernst Fuchs
  • 1977: Fairy (TV)
  • 1977: Mein seliger Onkel (TV)
  • 1977: Die Rückkehr des alten Herrn (TV)
  • 1978: Die Freiheiten der Langeweile (TV)
  • 1979: Die Stühle des Herrn Szmil (TV)
  • 1980: Gospodjica (TV)
  • 1980: Die Einfälle der heiligen Klara (TV)
  • 1982: Wir (TV) (based on We, the 1921 Russian novel by Yevgeny Zamyatin).
  • 1983: Es gibt noch Haselnußsträucher (TV)
  • 1984: Bis später, ich muss mich erschießen (TV)
  • 1984: Der blinde Richter (TV series)
  • 1987: The Great Land of Small
  • 1991: Why Havel?
  • 1999: Gladys
  • 1999: Return to Paradise Lost (Návrat ztraceného ráje)
  • 2001: Peklo na zemi
  • 2002: Broken Silence (TV miniseries – segment "Hell on Earth")

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 473-479. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.

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