Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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August 2, 1978

"Shadows of a Hot Summer"

Jiri Bartoska

"They sacked a number of professors who didn't fulfill the political requirements. It left us with a feeling of defeat on the one hand, but on the other also a feeling of defiance - that fighting it out in the theater was worthwhile."

Star of stage, screen and TV for five decades in the Czech Republic, Jiri Bartoska is best known outside his home country as president of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which wrapped its 50th edition July 11. Bartoska, 68, has overseen the fest since its privatization a little over 20 years ago. But long before that, Variety noted his presence in Frantisek Vlacil's "Shadows of a Hot Summer," which took top honors at Karlovy Vary in 1978. steven gaydos

What were things like for Czech actors In 1978?

There was a different situation for theater actors and film actors. Theater actors did classic repertoire. At that time, the theater filled in for all the media outlets, which were entirely at the service of the regime. It was usually sold out, because people could compare their current situation with those classic scenes, and find truth in them. With film it was a bit different: Film was a product of the times; it was by and large propagandistic, and the topics dealt with were generally uninteresting.

You were on your way to an acting career when the Soviets invaded in 1968, and shut off the freedoms that fostered the Czech New Wave.

The occupation started while I was studying at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, and naturally our youth amplified the whole situation. …

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