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FAMU Studio: Chapters from the History of School Productions

Research at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

The research project focused on the history of FAMU Studio from 1960 to 1989. Its objective was to map its institutional development in the specific political/historical situations in a more in-depth way as well as (perhaps primarily) to answer other research questions aimed at the interpretation of the development in the perception of FAMU Studio and its self-identification as a school service, an entity with its own development vision, and an institution with a growing ambition to act as an important producer/player in the Czech film and TV industry in certain periods. The research was based on a detailed study of sources, archival documents and secondary sources, and interviews with witnesses from among FAMU Studio employees as well as FAMU students, teachers and other employees. Case studies focused on select FAMU Studio projects that transcended the ambition of standard student exercises, aiming to uncover the specific mechanisms and informal competences for ‘breaking the rules’set by the production sheets and other binding norms of the school. In terms of methodology, the study works within the context of new film history and, more specifically, screen industry studies, with inspirations from other approaches (new institutionalism, oral history, etc.).

Team leader & members

Mgr. MgA. Tereza CZESANY DVOŘAKOVA, Ph. D. (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)


Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Center for Audiovisual Studies (CAS)
Smetanovo nabrezi 2
116 65 Prague
Czech Republic

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