#2: [Left] with dir Jirí Menzel

 

   


JAROMÍR SOFR   ACK

 

Born: 20 September 1939, Brno, as Jaromír Šofr.

Education: FAMU, Prague [1956-61].

Career: He is a lecturer at FAMU since 1985. In 1990 he became Head of the Department of Cinematography at FAMU. As professor at FAMU, he supervised a number of short student films, e.g. 'Vyhnanci' [1995, Karin Babinska; ph: Sebastian Milaszewski] & 'Klaun' [1995, Karel Janák; ph: Jan Stastný]. He is a visiting professor at Columbia College, Chicago [since 1999] and the Film Studies Department of Charles University, Prague.

In 1990 he co-founded the Association of Czech Cinematographers [ACK].

Appeared in the BBC2 tv-doc 'Kids from FAMU' [1990, Paul Pawlikowski].

Awards: Valladolid IFF 'Grand Prix for Cinematography' [1989] for 'Konec starých casu'; Czech 'Lion' Award [2007] & Manaki Brothers 'Golden Camera 300' Award [2007] for 'Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále/I Served the King of England'; Plus Camerimage Special Award Director-Cinematographer Duo [2007; with dir Jirí Menzel]; 4th Ostrava Kamera Oko, 'IMAGO Tribute' [2012].

 

[Left] with dir Jirí Menzel - 2007

Photo by Grzegorz Piekarski


 

 FILMS

1960

Domy z panelu/Prefabricated Houses [Jirí Menzel] c; short/6m; prod FAMU

1961

Strop/Ceiling [Vera Chytilová & (superv) Otakar Vávra] b&w; short/42m; prod FAMU

1962

Pytel blech/A Bag of Fleas [Vera Chytilová] b&w; doc/43m

1962

Pamet' naseho dne/The Memory of Our Day [Jan Nemec] b&w; doc/10m

1962

Kouzelny svet Karla Zemana/The Magic World of Karel Zeman [Zdenek Rozkopal] c; doc/15m; cph: Zdenek Hrubec & Bohuslav Pikhart

1962

Hadrnícci/Rag Doll Artists [Frantisek Skapa] b&w; short/17m

1964

At' zije republika!/Long Live the Republic! [Karel Kachyna] cs/b&w

1965

Ein Anlaß zum Sprechen - FAMU Prag [Haro Senft] b&w; doc/103m; also tv-version 'Die Prager Filmschule'; + appearance

1965

O slavnosti a hostech/A Report on the Party and the Guests [Jan Nemec] b&w; 71m; banned by the authorities; re-cut and released as 'Letni karneval/Summer Carnival'

1966

Tábor Cerného Delfína [Hynek Bocan & Pavel Blumenfeld] ?; short/?

1966

Ostre sledované vlaky/Closely Observed Trains/Closely Watched Trains [Jirí Menzel] b&w

1966

Kinoautomat: Clovek a jeho dum [Ján Rohác, Radúz Cincera & Vladimir Svitácek] b&w; 63m

1967

Rozmarné léto/Capricious Summer [Jirí Menzel] c

1968

Faráruv konec/End of a Priest [Evald Schorm] b&w

1969

Skrivánci na niti/Larks on a String [Jirí Menzel] c; released in 1990

1970

Velká neznámá/The Great Unknown [Pavel Hobl] b&w

1971

Hry lásky sálivé/The Tricky Game of Love [Jirí Krejcík] c

1971

Dny zrady/Days of Betrayal [Otakar Vávra] scope/c; in 2 parts

1974

Na startu je delfín [Jaromír Borek] c

1974

Kdo hledá zlaté dno/Who Looks for Gold? [Jirí Menzel] c

1975

Tak láska zacíná.../This Is How Love Begins... [Hynek Bocan] c

1976

Osvobození Prahy [Otakar Vávra] scope/c; cph: Andrej Barla

1976

Na samote u lesa/Seclusion Near a Forest [Jirí Menzel] c

1977

Hodina pravdy/The Hour of Truth [Václav Matejka] c

1977

Reknem si to prístí léto [Július Matula] c

1978

Bájecní muzi s klikou/Those Wonderful Movie Cranks [Jirí Menzel] c

1979

Panelstory aneb Jak se rodí sídliste/Prefab Story [Vera Chytilová] c

1979

Causa králík/The Rabbit Case/Payment in Kind [Jaromil Jires] c

1980

Úteky domu [Jaromil Jires] c

1980

Postriziny/Short Cut/Cutting It Short [Jirí Menzel] c

1981

Retez/The Chain [Jirí Svoboda] c

1982

Vítr v kapse [Jaroslav Soukup] c

1983

Katapult [Jaromil Jires] c; (not Jan Curík)

1983

Putování Jana Amose/The Wanderings of Jan Amos/Jan Amos Comenius [Otakar Vávra] c

1984

S certy nejsou zerty/No Fun with Devils [Hynek Bocan] c

1985

Vlci bouda/Wolf's Lair [Vera Chytilová] c

1985

Cardásová Julie [Garik Seko (& Jana Knitlová)] c; anim/14m

1985

Vesnicko má stredisková/My Sweet Little Village [Jirí Menzel] c

1988

Stupne porazených [Július Matula] c

1988

Konec starých casu/The End of Old Times [Jirí Menzel] c

1989

Clovek proti zkáze [Stepán Skalský & (collab dir) Jaromír Pleskot] c

1991

Zebrácká opera/The Beggar’s Opera [Jirí Menzel] c

1993

Zivot a neobycejná dobrodruzství vojína Ivana Conkina/Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin [Jirí Menzel] c

2006

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále/I Served the King of England [Jirí Menzel] c

 

 TELEVISION

1967

Náhrdelník melancholie - Sedm písní Marty Kubisové [Jan Nemec] mus special/?m

1985

Albert [?] ?

1992

Il giovane Mussolini/A Man Named Benito/Benito: The Rise and Fall of Mussolini [Gianluigi Calderone] 3-part miniseries

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1960

Sousto/A Piece of Bread [Jan Nemec; short/11m] co-collab; ph: Jirí Sámal; prod FAMU