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Slovaks at Oscars

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  • 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 1 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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