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Stanislav
Milota

Cameraman 

Stanislav Milota used 3,500 meters of film to record the Warsaw Pact armies' occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. For Jan Palach's funeral, he used 2,000 meters of film. After filming the funeral, he stopped working for Barrandov film studios.

Stanislav Milota was born on 9th March 1933 to a working class family in Prague. After a failed attempt to study at the School of Arts, he trained at Barrandov to become a film laboratory technician and graduated from the School of Graphic Arts. In 1963, he started works as an independent cameraman. He made his last film Spalovač mrtvol (1968) and then was forced to leave the film industry. Afterward, he made money by manufacturing lamps and organized home theatre events with his wife, Vlasta Chramostová. After suffering three strokes and a partial loss of vision, he never returned to his original profession. Milota was one of the signatories of Charter 77. In November 1989, he became the first head of the Secretariat of President Vaclav Havel for a few months. In the 1990s, he was a member of the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography and later a member of the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting. His film footage of the August occupation and Palach's funeral were made into the film essay Zmatek and a short memorial story called Jan 69 which premiered in 2002 in Moscow.


Filmography:
Posel úsvitu (1950)
Mikoláš Aleš (1951)
Měsíc nad řekou (1953)
Dědeček automobil (1956)
Ztracená stopa (1955)
Brankář bydlí v naší ulici (1957)
Malí medvědáři (1957)
V šest ráno na letišti (1958)
Přátelé na moři (1959)
První a poslední (1959)
Pochodně (1960)
Spadla s měsíce (1961)
Akce Kalimantan (1962)
Závrať (1962)
Bílá oblaka (1962)
Poslední etapa (1962)
Na laně (1963)
Bubny (1964)
Anděl blažené smrti (1965)
Piknik (1967)
Spalovač mrtvol (1968)
Play Macbeth (1978), vysíláno v roce 1991 v Čs. televizi
Zpráva o pohřbívání v Čechách (1979), aired after the coup in 1990

Faithful
I remain
The testimonies of people who were there.

The Faithful I Remain website captures authentic and unique testimonies from witnesses of Palach’s sacrifice and presents fascinating stories from people who were inescapably affected by political trials, Soviet occupation and the subsequent “normalization”.

We invited publicly known figures to share their recollections of an historic and challenging time, resulting in a series of interviews full of intimate memories, experiences and impressions that illustrate critical turning points in the period of Communist rule.

The website was created by 2FRESH for HBO Europe s. r. o. to support the Burning Bush, a three-part drama from world-renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland.The project was completed with assistance from the Prague City Council and Mayor of Prague MUDr. Bohuslav Svoboda.

Burning
bush

HBO Europe's three-part drama Burning Bush, directed by world-renowned Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, premiered on the HBO film channel on 27th January 2013.

Both the most extensive and ambitious project in the history of HBO Europe, the film recalls a period of Czech modern history which had been ignored in Czech cinema until now.

The film begins with the reconstruction of the shocking act of Jan Palach, who set himself on fire on 16 January 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation

The story follows the young lawyer who represents Jan Palach’s mother against an influential Communist official and serves to describe the transformation of the Czechoslovak society at the time – from the silent protest culminating at Palach’s burial to growing resignation and the upcoming period of “normalization.”

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