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  • Ron Matviyak
    Slovaks at Oscar ceremony ONE of the pieces of music that accompanied the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony on the night of March 23 was the Blizzard Suite,
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 31, 2003
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      Slovaks at Oscar ceremony

      ONE of the pieces of music that accompanied the 75th annual Academy Awards
      ceremony on the night of March 23 was the Blizzard Suite, composed by Mark
      McKenzie and recorded by the joint orchestras of the Slovak Radio and the
      Slovak Philharmonic with the LĂșcnica choir. Peter Breiner, a Slovak composer
      and musician living in Canada, conducted the recording.

      McKenzie wrote the suite for the film Blizzard, which will reach US cinemas
      in November. The recording was Slovakia's first contribution to the Oscars
      ceremony, with no Slovak film or artist ever having been nominated for an
      Academy Award.

      again compiled by The Slovak Spectator
      http://www.slovakspectator.sk
    • Martin Votruba
      ... Hmmm. The first ever film from Czechoslovakia to receive an Oscar was The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze) -- Best Foreign Language film in 1965
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 1, 2003
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        > with no Slovak film or artist ever having been nominated for an
        > Academy Award

        Hmmm. The first ever film from Czechoslovakia to receive an Oscar was The
        Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze) -- Best Foreign Language film in
        1965 (1966 Academy Awards).

        The film was in Slovak, with a Slovak-only cast (plus one Polish actress),
        filmed on location only in Slovakia (Sabinov), its whole story took place
        only in Slovakia, one of its two directors and screenwriters was from
        Slovakia, and so was its assistant director. It was financed entirely
        with Czechoslovak government funds -- a centralized country of which
        Slovakia was an integral part, and which did not sort out what part of the
        country the taxes for the funds came from.

        So... was it a Turkish film, Polish, Norwegian...? Or was it "only Czech"
        merely because its sets and postproduction were done in Prague (a third of
        which was financed with taxes from Slovakia, too)?

        The Spectator calls the performance of a suite by Mark McKenzie, directed
        by a resident of Canada, the first "Slovak" contribution to the Oscars
        because of the musicians, and goes on to claim that The Shop on Main
        Street wasn't. That's nonsense, even when we view as non-Slovak the Oscar
        (plus a host of nominations) for Paul Newman whose (Catholic, later
        Christian Scientist) mother immigrated to the U.S. from Humenne, East
        Slovakia.

        The Slovak Spectator would not consider -- rightly so -- not calling
        itself "Slovak" for incidental reasons like "because it's published in
        English," or "because if was founded by a Czech-American." It should take
        the same view of other matters Slovak.


        Martin

        votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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