Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 142–147 | Cite as

The bomb, the Cold War and the Czech film

  • Tomáš Pospíšil


This article addresses the theme of nuclear disaster in Czech cinema of the second half of the 20th century. Examining two films based on Karel ˇapek’s cautionary novel Krakatit (Krakatit, 1947; Temné slunce [Dark Sun], 1980) and the 1966 feature Konec srpna v hotelu ozón [The End of August at Hotel Ozone], it demonstrates the impact of the changing political situation on the Czech film industry and the resulting film productions. These case studies allow the author to demonstrate the close interconnectedness between the films’ texts and their respective discursive fields, as well as the impact of fear of nuclear apocalypse in the population at large.


Czech cinema, post-World War II nuclear apocalypse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomáš Pospíšil
    • 1
  1. 1.Masaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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