Evald Schorm

6.5 Courage for Every Day (1964)
6.8 The Return of the Prodigal Son (1966)
6.0 Five Girls on the Neck (1967)
6.0 End of a Priest (1968)
7.0 The Seventh Day the Eighth Night (1969)

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Evald Schorm (Czechoslovakia, 1931)

Kazdy den Odvahu/ Courage for Every Day (1964), scripted by Antonin Masa, photographed by Jan Curik and starring Jana Brejchova and Jan Kacer, depicts the existential crisis of a militant communist who feels "deceived by history", who lost the meaning of his life, a metaphor for the confusional state of a younger generation coming out of Stalinist dogmas in an atmosphere of crumbling ideals.

è il ritratto di un militante comunista in crisi perchè la sua ideologia lo tiene lontano dal mondo reale, che ha ormai compromessi gli ideali rivoluzionari con la pratica del benessere borghese. I suoi coetanei, meno impegnati di lui, hanno già fatta carriera e la ragazza glielo rinfaccia; ha per amici un giornalista e sua moglie, entrambi disponibili al compromesso; la crisi con la ragazza diventa definitiva quando lui ha un'avventura con un'altra.

The claustrophobic Navrat Ztraceneho Syna/ The Return of the Prodigal Son (1966), the debut of cinematographer Frantisek Uldrich, starring Jan Kacer, Jana Brejchova and Jiri Menzel, follows the depression of a suicidal man, unable to become a "normal" person, continues the theme of existential bankruptcy.

Un uomo tenta il suicidio perchè non riesce più a sopportare il lavoro, la famiglia e gli amici, perchè non riesce ad essere una persona normale; salvato in extemis, cerca di guarire nelle varie cliniche in cui viene ricoverato, ma invano.

Pet Holek na Krku/ Five Girls on the Neck (1967), based on Iva Hercíkova's novel and photographed by Jan Curik, is the tragic story of a sensitive and generous teenage girl who becomes the victim of an intrigue hatched by envious girlfriends and thus loses the boy she loves.

Fararuv Konec/ End of a Priest (1968), a "ballad" scripted by the novelist Josef Skvorecký and photographed by Jaromir Šofr, is mostly a village farce a` la Don Camillo in which a false priest with a good heart and the atheist schoolmaster vye for the souls of the villagers. However there is no happy ending because the good one kills himself after being exposed as a fraud.

Den Sedny Osma Noc/ The Seventh Day the Eighth Night (1969), scripted by Zdenek Mahler and shot by Vaclav Hanus, but banned until 1990, is an absurdist Kafka-esque parable (or, better, passion play) that hints at the Soviet invasion: over the course of 24 hours, the inhabitants of a small town are infected with fear of a threat that they sense at the gates but no one can define, until the sounds of tanks rolling in are heard. It's a mosaic of episodes that span a Bosch-esque multitude of characters and exposes pettiness, selfishness and cruelty. The film captures the feeling of despair and the total moral disintegration of a community gripped by fear.

The comedy Psi a Lide/ Dogs and People (1971) was shot by Jaroslav Kucera and scripted by Vojtech Jasný.

Schorm could only make TV movies until 1988, and mostly worked for the theater.

His last film was Vlastne se nic Nestalo/ Nothing Really Happened (1988), scripted by Jaroslava Moserova and starring Jana Brejchova.

He died in 1988.