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Vlasta
Chramostová

Theater and movie actress. 

According to her autobiography, Vlasta Chramostová has lived three lives: the first as an actress, the second as a dissident; her third and current one a life of returning themes.

One of the most outstanding figures of Czech theatre and film, Vlasta Chramostová was born on 17th November 1926. She supported the communist regime and during its first two decades became a famous actress, appearing in over 30 films and numerous theatre productions. The turning point came in the late 1960s, when she was prevented from performing in television and theatre due to her political views. Her break-up with the regime culminated with her signing of Charter 77, after which Chramostová organized "apartment theatre" for friends in her home. Life wasn't easy, her, first marriage ended after six years and her only son from a second relationship died in a car accident when he was very young. In 1971, she married cinematographer Stanislav Milota. She received two Czech Lion nominations for her outstanding performance in movies Je třeba zabít Sekala and Kuře Melancholik. She also received the Thalia Award for lifetime achievement in theatre. In 1998, President Vaclav Havel awarded Vlasta Chramostová the Medal of T.G. Masaryk.


Selected filmography:
Velká příležitost (1949)
Past (1951)
Až přijde kocour (1963)
Komedie s Klikou (1964)
Bílá paní (1965)
Spalovač mrtvol (1968)
Je třeba zabít Sekala (1995)
Kuře melancholik (1998)

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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