Karel Capek’s novel “Krakatit,” filmed by Otakar Vavra soon after the Second World War, was a feverishly expressive warning of nuclear destruction. In 1980 he returned to this work again, but emphasized the sense of insidious imperialist intrigue. The main character finds himself in mortal danger when he wants to prevent the misuse of his epochal invention … —csfd.cz
Otakar Vávra (born February 28, 1911) is a Czech film director, screenwriter and pedagogue. He was born in Hradec Králové, Austria-Hungary, now part of the Czech Republic.
Vávra attended universities in Brno and Prague, where he studied architecture. During 1929-30, while still a student, he participated in the making of a handful of documentaries and wrote movie scripts. In 1931, he produced the experimental film Světlo proniká tmou. The first movie he directed was 1937’s Filosofská historie.
His first feature film was 1938’s Cech panen Kutnohorských, starring Zorka Janů, sister of legendary Czech actress Lída Baarová. Janů also played in Vávra’s films Podvod s Rubensem and Pacientka Dr. Hegela, both from 1940. Baarová starred in Vávra’s films Panenství (1937), Maskovaná milenka (1939), Dívka v modrém (1939), and Turbína (1941).
After the Communists came to power in 1948, Vávra adapted quickly to the new political climate and produced films praising the current… read more