is a Czech director who came to prominence in the sixties. He won a Cannes
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Special Jury Prize for Až přijde kocour/The Cassandra Cat (1963).
An active and influential filmmaker in Czechoslovakia
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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
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Jasný worked in other European countries for several years including Austria
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, West Germany
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until relocating to Brooklyn
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, New York
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in the early '80's. Jasný taught film directing classes at Columbia University
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for several years (where his compatriot Miloš Forman
Jan Tomáš Forman , better known as Miloš Forman , is a Czech-American director, screenwriter, professor, and an emigrant from Czechoslovakia. Two of his films, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, are among the most celebrated in the history of film, both gaining him the Academy Award for...
was also a professor and former Film Division Co-Chair) and continues to teach at The School of Visual Arts (SVA).
Až přijde kocour/The Cassandra Cat, one of Jasny's most popular films, 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 in visually stunning, colorful and musical scenes. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes.
Also among Jasný's notable works is Všichni dobří rodáci /All My Good Countrymen (1968), a story centering around 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.
- 2002 “Broken Silence” (TV – segment “Hell on Earth)
- 2001 Peklo na zemi
- 1999 Gladys, Return to Paradise Lost [Návrat ztraceného ráje]
- 1991 Why Havel?
- 1987 The Great Land of Small
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- 1984 Bis später, ich muss mich erschießen, “Der Blinde Richter” (TV)
- 1983 Es gibt noch Haselnuß-Sträucher (TV)
- 1981 Wir (TV)
- 1980 Gospodjica (TV), Die Einfälle der heiligen Klara (TV)
- 1978 Die Freiheiten der Langeweile (TV)
- 1977 Fairy (TV), Mein seliger Onkel, Die Rückkehr des alten Herrn
- 1976 Alexander März (TV), Attempted Flight [Fluchtversuch], The Clown
The Clown is a 1976 West German film directed by Vojtěch Jasný. It is based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll. It was chosen as West Germany's official submission to the 49th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but did not manage to receive a...
(Ansichten eines Clowns
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), Bäume, Vögel und Menschen (TV), Ernst Fuchs
- 1975 Des Pudels Kern (TV)
- 1974 Der Kulterer, Frühlingsfluten
- 1972 Der Leuchtturm (TV), Nasrin oder Die Kunst zu träumen (TV)
- 1970 Nicht nur zur Weihnachtszeit (TV)
- 1969 Warum ich Dich liebe (TV), Czech Rhapsody [Ceská rapsodie]
- 1968 All My Compatriots
All My Compatriots is a 1968 Czechoslovak film directed by Vojtěch Jasný. It was entered into the 1969 Cannes Film Festival where Jasný won the award for Best Director.-Cast:* Radoslav Brzobohatý - peasant František...
[Všichni dobří rodáci]
- 1966 The Pipes
The Pipes is a 1966 Czechoslovak film directed by Vojtěch Jasný. It was entered into the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.-Cast:* Walter Giller – George Randy* Gitte Hænning – Mary Randy* Juraj Herz – William Poker* Václav Lohniský – Film Director...
- 1963 The Cassandra Cat
The Cassandra Cat , also released under the titles When the Cat Comes, The Cat Who Wore Sunglasses, and/or That Cat) is a 1963 Czechoslovakian film directed by Vojtěch Jasný....
[Až přijde kocour]
- 1961 Pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary [Procesí k panence]
- 1960 I Survived Certain Death [Přežil jsem svou smrt]
- 1958 Desire
Desire is a 1958 Czechoslovak film directed by Vojtěch Jasný. It was entered into the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.-Cast:* Václav Babka* Eva Blazková* Vladimír Brabec* Jana Brejchová* Vlastimil Brodský* Vera Bublíková* J...
- 1957 Andela, September Nights [Zářijové noci]
- 1956 Opportunity [Příležitost]
- 1955 No Fear [Bez obav]
- 1954 Everything Ends Tonight [Dnes večer všechno skončí], Old Chinese Opera [Stará čínská opera], From a Chinese Notebook [Z čínského zápisníku]
- 1953 Lidé jednoho srdce
- 1952 Neobyčejná léta
- 1950 Není stále zamračeno, They Know What to Do [Vědeli si rady], Za život radostný