26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Kamil Lhoták, a film about the painter

Kamil Lhoták, a film about the painter

director: Karel Vachek
original title: Malíř Kamil Lhoták
country: Czech Republic
year: 1959
running time: 7 min.

synopsis

Talking about art doesn’t work, if I want to say truth. When I express some rules I consider to go for this or that work of art, they look like a demagogic thesis. If I don’t want their stupidity to be offensive, I have to forget them, but that’s not convenient either. I have mentioned certain meaning of conventions before. As the rules are contradictary, so the work of art isn’t friendly to a man, who has made or watched it. Every work is followed by a guilt; and the suffering, which follows the creator’s guilt and which is a part of the work, creates the ethic value of the work and finally its real value.“ Karel Vachek, Kamil Lhoták, the film about the painter.

biography

Karel Vachek (1940) creates multi-layered philosophical and social essays. In 2004, he published the book The Theory of Matter. Films: Moravian Hellas, 1963, Elective Affinities, 1968, New Hyperion or Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood, 1992, What Is to Be Done? (A Journey from Prague to Český Krumlov, or How I Formed a New Government, 1996, Bohemia Docta or The Labyrinth of the World and the Lust-house of the Heart A Divine Comedy, 2000, Who Will Watch the Watchman? Dalibor, or the Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, 2002Obscurantist and His Lineage or The Pyramids’ Tearful Valleys, 2011.

more about film

director: Karel Vachek
cast: Kamil Lhoták
producer: Karel Vachek
photography: Ivan Renč
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