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Karel Vachek

Karel Vachel was born in 1940 and studied direction at Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts  in Prague underneath Elmar Klos. He finished the university with film called Moravian Hellas (1963) depicting folklore celebration. It was banned personally by at that time president Novotný and later re-enabled in 1968. As a director of Krátký Film Praha he filmed Elective Affinities (1968). The picture interprets 1968 presidential elections and is categorized into his most valued and famous works.  After the beginning of normalisation era he had to leave Krátký film Praha company, so he started working as a manual worker and later emigrated to United States with his family in 1979. He returned home and to his job in Krátký Film Praha after the Velvet Revolution and gradually created film tetralogy Little Capitalist that introduces the 90’ society. He started working as a teacher in documentary department in 1994 at Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts  in Prague and became its head manager in 2002. He published a book called Teorie Hmoty in 2004.

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