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Opening and Sealing Audiovisual Cracks: Music and (Dis)continual Montage Sequences in the Films of Terrence Malick
Kinzl, Jan ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (advisor) ; Klimeš, Ivan (referee)
Terrence Malick's filmography has already been discussed many times in film studies literature. Most often, it is interpreted through philosophical, psychological or religious concepts that emerge directly from the themes of the individual films. However, only minimal attention has been paid to the music in his films and its reflection, even though it is often the key driver of the atmosphere, themes and the overall narrative structures. The object of this thesis is this neglected aspect and its theoretical-analytical unfolding within (dis)continuous montage sequences that underpin the loose narrative structures of Malick's films and their overall poetics. This bachelor thesis focuses on three concepts that are not quite common within film- music theory and builds its basic structure upon them - the musical suture, the intertextual interpretation of pre-existing film music and the graphic visualisation of the image-music relationship. Although each of the chapters delves into one of these themes, a central question runs throughout the work - are continuous-sounding musical compositions able to function as a cohesive for the cracks in discontinuous sequences? And if the answer is ambiguous, could the viewer, through active participation,heal these discontinuities-whether through intertextual...
Trends in advertising film during the coronavirus pandemic
Matějcová, Rebeka ; Česálková, Lucie (advisor) ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (referee)
The bachelor's thesis is devoted to advertising film and its trends that arose during the coronavirus pandemic. We encounter this genre on a daily basis, but it is generally not given much importance, however we are all consumers of it. Whether we encounter advertising indirectly in our surroundings, we see it in various media, such as television, online platforms or we are advertising ourselves as we consume the given content and use the promoted products. For my work, I chose a specific period that greatly influenced audiovisual content, namely the coronavirus pandemic in the period of about 2 years so far. The work focuses on advertisements that were created in response to this situation and the way how the pandemic focused on the advertising industry, shaped and characterized the trends of the given period.
Sincereness of the filmic self: Photogenic personality in the thought of Jean Epstein
Kůs, Matěj ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (advisor) ; Čapek, Jakub (referee)
This bachelor's thesis focuses primarily on the writings of Jean Epstein, in which it tries to find an implied theory of the "filmic self", that is to depict, by interpreting Epstein's texts, the nature that human personality attains having been transformed by the film medium. The key term capturing this transformation is photogénie understood here within the framework of a triadic relation between the pro-filmic reality, the film medium as an autonomous subject modifying ordinary perception and the active film viewer forming the indeterminate and unstable film objects by his/her own emotional and bodily experience. The thesis draws on Epstein's intellectual background (concerning philosophy, psychology, science and art) and seeks the "filmic self" at first as an object situated in the modified cinematographic space- time and then as a reciprocal relation to the film viewer. At the same time it tries to uncover the grounds of his/her "sincereness" and explain why the nature of film is supposeded to be revealing with regard to human personality and in what respect it offers to the viewer's eye a "sincere" image of humanity of the other.
Adaptations of Frank Miller's Graphic Novels: Possible Ways of Translating Comics into Film
Goldflam, Oto-Antonín ; Szczepanik, Petr (advisor) ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (referee)
(ENG) Comic book movies are a significant part of contemporary cinema, however, they often take only the characters or the basic plot line from their source material. This thesis is intended to show that other elements of the original can also be brought into a film adaptation, ones that at first glance might seem non-transferable from one media to another. Film adaptations of Frank Miller's graphic novels will serve as a sample, focusing primarily on the films 300 and Sin City. The thesis looks at how the film adaptations reflect the various elements typical of comics (e.g. panels and their layout, drawing style, narrative structure, script and lettering) and what these are complemented by (e.g. music, sound, movement, casting). Through comparative analysis of both films, their prequels, and other adaptations, we want to determine how faithful the adaptations really are, but also to highlight how different the filmmakers' approaches to the source material can be. The aim is also to show which of the elements mentioned above can be transferred into film language and in what ways, and which are more difficult to translate, and in the latter case to reveal if these losses are compensated.
Comparison of Successfulness of China's and Taiwan's Mask Diplomacy in the Case of the Czech Republic
Svatoňová, Kateřina ; Bahenský, Vojtěch (advisor) ; Riegl, Martin (referee)
This bachelor's thesis examines the perceptions of Chinese and Taiwanese mask diplomacy (deliveries of medical supplies and related events) in the Czech Republic. The thesis aims to answer the research question "How and why did the perception of Chinese and Taiwanese mask diplomacy differ in the Czech Republic" through the analysis and interpretation of data obtained using qualitative content analysis of articles focused on medical supply deliveries, and semi- structured interviews with selected journalists who published some of these articles. Findings from content analysis and interviews with journalists are interpreted through the theories of public diplomacy and soft power by American political scientist and international relations theorist Joseph Nye. The thesis also discusses the limitations of applying these theories to Asian countries with different political systems compared to Western countries.
Stalker and Annihilation: The Zone as an Object of Film Ecocriticism
Šidlák, Jáchym ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (advisor) ; Sirůček, Jiří (referee)
This bachelor's thesis tries to encourage a dialogue between Timothy Morton's ecological theory and the possibilities of film ecocriticism. Morton's focus lies in the basic premise of ecological thinking - the interconnectedness of all beings and objects in a decentralized, unstable net of relationships - and the ways in which this principle can be reflected in the very form of critical analysis. This form tries to accommodate for the "radical intimacy" of ecological existence by anticipating the encounter of non-identicial phenomena, undermining any fixed framework through which to describe our material enmeshment in the environment. The ecological thought, as Morton describes it, is therefore not defined by what we think, but by how we think - in the same way, this thesis tries to search for a way to conceptualize ecocriticism not through its thematical focus on the representation of nature or environmental issues, but through its effort to think ecologically about the medium. The films Stalker and Annihilation, and mainly their shared motive of an area of land, stricken by an extraterrestrial entity, serve as paradigmatic images of place that emphasize the instability, creativity and unpredictability of matter itself. I also claim that the experience of characters inside this area can be...
Reflection of history in the work of Mark Ther
Urban, Otto ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (advisor) ; Česálková, Lucie (referee)
Mark Ther is a remarkable figure of Czech art. He dedicates himself to a wide range of artistic expression (films, drawings, installations, etc.). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he began making his short films. His work is associated with video art and queer cinema. No monograph has yet been written about Mark Ther. Published texts (catalogue introductions, interviews, etc.) are mainly devoted to his artistic activities. In this work, I focus on his short films, which are thematically clearly anchored in history. He has set his films for more than a decade in the past, to which he responds with the present. Still, the subjects Ther addresses are always very personal to him. He often draws on his own experience, or the history of his loved ones. History and the past are a reservoir for Ther, a treasure trove of human destinies. In my work, I deal with the reflection of history in his historical films. I'm looking for connections and their differences. As important as the historical stages, there are particular historical figures in Ther's films. These are both widely known figures (e.g. Maria Callas, Charles Baudelaire, Klaus Mann, Mitsuko Ajoama and others) and "small histories" of his relatives, or unknown "heroes". Ther's work with history becomes a particular play in...
The Space Age Skepticism in the Films of Václav Mergl: Laokoon, Crabs and Homunculus.
Liptáková, Veronika ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (advisor) ; Česálková, Lucie (referee)
This bachelor thesis primarily focuses on Václav Mergl's sci-fi films Laokoon, Crabs and Homunculus. With the help of theoretical frameworks of technological skepticism and skepticism of the so-called Space Age it interprets these movies, whereas significantly working with the considerations of Hannah Arendt, presented in her text "The Conquest of Space and the Stature of Man". Since Vaclav Mergl takes his works to the level of relatively complex philosophical ideas, which he often expresses through images, the thesis is also partly devoted to his independent artworks. It then observes the artist's creative processes also in his films. Above all, in the text, humanistic and existential thinking about the position of man in the connection with scientific and technological progress is examined via the thinking of that time. Moreover, the thesis also deals with the ways in which meanings are created in the selected films through the genre of science fiction, taking into account the ideological context as well.
The Phenomenon of Cross-dressing in Czech Cinema
Chaloupková, Petra ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (advisor) ; Czesany Dvořáková, Tereza (referee)
This thesis aims to address the forms of crossdressing appearing in Czech post- revolutionary cinema, and moreover, to approach images of the abovementioned cultural practice as a potential space for a subversion of the cisheteronormative system. At the same time, such portrayal of crossdressing can be percieved as an opportunity to strengthen existing gender norms. With the help of film analyses led by the thoughts coming from the gender studies, and with the usage of queer methodological tools, the text deals with the mechanisms of preventing the invasion of queerness, of regulating subversive activities, as well as of functional strategies for resisting the normative order. Lastly, it offers a typological breakdown of seven chosen feature films that are integrating the crossdressing element, and it evaluates them according to their openness to queer reading and the amount of freedom, which is granted to their gender-nonconforming characters. KEY WORDS Crossdressing, gender identity, transgender, queer, transition, disguise, femininity, masculinity
Interface, Control and Visual Culture: Distracted Attention in the Internet Era
Jurenka, Adam ; Svatoňová, Kateřina (advisor) ; Anger, Jiří (referee)
The bachelor's thesis is based on various theoretical approaches, the contact point of which is tried to be found precisely in their relation to attention, and especially then to various forms and processes of its distraction. It examines these processes in their broader historical and sociocultural context, mainly in relation to the processes of modernization, digitization, commodification and articulation of normativity. The first part of the work is mainly defined by two philosophical lines: the concept of rhizome by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, as an acentric, variable system, on the basis of which the work tries to outline the ontology of global attention; and Jacques Derrida's deconstruction as a model for deconstructing the polar opposition between attention and distraction. The second part of the work tries to build on this game between attention and distraction, and to reconsider the concept of the attention economy in the context of contemporary visual culture. The theoretical terrain here is much more diffuse: the main lines explore the relationship between technology and man, the globalization of media and neoliberal ideologies of control, progress and productivity. Using examples from visual culture, they try to show how these relations shape patterns of attention, and especially...

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