Cinema Programming in Occupied Czechoslovakia: Politics, Economics, Culture, and Everyday Life

Authors

ČESÁLKOVÁ Lucie

MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description Since 1939, Czechoslovak market not only faced the separation of Sudeten and Slovakia, but also the decline in domestic production and lower diversity of import from other markets weakened by the war together with import regulations given by political reasons. Since 1941, when the occupation authorities banned the import of films from all countries outside of Nazi sphere of influence, there remained only Czech and German films on the market, with several Italian and Swedish exceptions. Decline in number of films on the market thus significantly changed the regularity of their circulation. In my paper, I will analyze and explain, how the war condition, in particular the situation after 1941, transformed the film's lifecycles on the Czech market. Focusing on political, economic, cultural and social factors I will reconsider the role of film premieres and re-runs and clarify specific programming and cinema-going strategies which followed these trends.
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