Indie focus:Czech New Wave

Black Peter

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Panda moonwalk or Why meng meng walks backwards

1/5(六Sat) 2:30pm

Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

購票 Ticketing
導演 Director
米路斯.科曼 Miloš Forman
捷克 Czech|1963|85分鐘min|黑白B&W
捷克語對白,英文字幕 In Czech with English subtitles


Milos Forman’s feature film debut is less of a cruel story of youth, but more of a reality check for a generation at a loss for freedom and catharsis. In a 1960s summer, sixteen-year-old Petr starts his job as a supermarket trainee, whose duty is mainly to keep an eye on any potential theft in the shop. Meanwhile, his father lectures him daily on the importance of seizing power—the mark of a real man, he says. A young man like Petr has no chance to grow up according to his own will because power has replaced truth in a world where injustice is met with silence. The film captures Petr with handheld camerawork that features long takes following the protagonist across town—leaving room for the audience to ponder the inner life of the helpless teenager. Forman’s impressive first film is a foundational work of the Czech New Wave. Walking between the lines of documentary and fiction, it is a youthful picture that maintains a laid back rhythm. This film cements Forman’s style of using non-professional actors, improvised dialogue, and location shooting in his later films, such as Firemen’s Ball (1969). Everyday anguish and society’s travesty are vividly presented in this documentary-like fictional film.

導演介紹 Director Biography
米路斯.科曼 Miloš Forman

1932年於恰斯拉夫(現捷克)出生,並於納粹德國的極權統治下失去雙親。1956年於捷克電影電視學院(FAMU)編劇系畢業,職業生涯初期主要擔任編劇及助理導演,憑首部長篇電影《黑彼德》(1963)一舉奪得瑞士盧卡諾影展的最高榮譽金帆獎(Vela d’oro),《黑彼德》亦成為捷克新浪潮的開山作之一。其後的作品《金髮女郎之戀》(1965)及《消防員舞會》(1967)雖接連入圍奧斯卡最佳外語片,後者卻被官方永久禁播。1968年蘇聯入侵捷克之際移居美國,在當地繼續電影事業,並藉《飛越瘋人院》(1975)和《莫札特傳》(1984),兩度獲得奧斯卡最佳導演的殊榮。2018年於美國康乃狄克州逝世。

Miloš Forman was born in 1932 in Cáslav, Czechoslovakia. He lost his parents under the Nazi occupation. In 1956, he graduated from Prague Film School (FAMU) and worked as a writer and assistant director thereafter. His first feature film, Black Peter (1963), was acknowledged as one of the pioneering works of the Czech New Wave and awarded the Golden Sail (Vela d’oro) at the Locarno International Film Festival. Subsequently, Loves of a Blonde (1965), and The Firemen's Ball (1967) continued to receive international recognitions, as both were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, albeit the latter was permanently banned in Czechoslovakia. In the face of the imminent invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviets in 1968, he fled to America. There he enjoyed an eminent career, twice winning the title of Best Director at the Academy Awards with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984). In 2018, he passed away in Connecticut, USA, at the age of 86.