His 1966 film ‘Intently Watched Trains’ gained the Academy Award for finest foreign-language movie
Influential Czech director Jiri Menzel, whose 1966 film “Intently Watched Trains” gained the Academy Award for finest foreign-language movie, has died at age 82, his spouse, Olga Menzelova, stated on her Fb web page.
Menzel was a part of the Czech New Wave of filmmakers of the 1960s that included “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and ”Amadeus” director Milos Forman and avant-garde director Vera Chytilova.
He struggled with critical well being issues and barely appeared in public after mind surgical procedure in 2017.
“Dearest Jirka, I thanks for every and single day I might spend with you. Every was extraordinary. I’m additionally grateful to you for the final three years, as laborious as they have been,” his spouse wrote in her submit.
She stated Menzel died at dwelling on Saturday.
Menzel gained fame for “Intently Watched Trains,” the coming-of-age story of a younger prepare dispatcher in German-occupied Czechoslovakia throughout World Struggle Two.
It was primarily based on a novel by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal, whose works have been a supply of different Menzel movies, together with “I Served the King of England” in 2006.
“I had extra luck than motive,” he stated in 2016, recalling his Oscar-winning film. “Greater than all of the prizes and medals I obtained for this film, I valued the lifelong friendship with Hrabal.”
Like different administrators of his era, Menzel confronted issues with Communist authorities.
His 1969 movie, “Larks on a String,” depicting a bunch of politically persecuted individuals pressured to work in a scrapyard, was not proven in his dwelling nation till 1990.
It went on to win the Golden Bear on the Berlin Worldwide Movie Competition in 1990.
Menzel excelled in bittersweet depictions of life, with doses of humour and nostalgia. Lots of his works are revered amongst Czech audiences.
Menzel’s 1985 movie, “My Candy Little Village,” was nominated for an Oscar and a variety of his different films have develop into classics for Czech movie watchers and administrators.
Menzel additionally acted in dozens of flicks and performs. A bachelor late into life, he and Menzelova, a movie producer, married in 2004.
“I thank him for all the pieces he did for us. Goodbye, sir!” movie director Jan Hrebejk, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 2000 movie, “Divided We Fall,” wrote on Twitter.