Ivan Passer

10.07.1933, Prague, Czechoslovakia (today Czech Republic)


Passer began his film career as a screenwriter on Miloš Forman’s films: Konkurs (1963), Kdyby ty muziky nebyly (1963), A Blonde in Love (Lásky jedné plavovlásky, 1965), The Fireman's Ball (Horí, má panenko, 1967). He made his directing debut with the short film Fádni odpoledne (1964), after which he made the feature film Intimate Lighting (Intimni osvetleni, 1965), which was the last film he made in his home country. After the Prague Spring in 1968, he emigrated to the West and finally ended up in the USA. There he continued his film career and made mostly marginal films such as Born to Win (1971), Cutter's Way (1981), Creator (1985), The Wishing Tree (1999) and several TV films.


Films by this director

Intimate Lighting

(Intimni osvetleni, Čehoslovačka, 1965)

Directed by: Ivan Passer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Miroslav Ondrícek, Jan Strecha

This is Ivan Passer’s feature film debut and his last film made in Czechoslovakia. The film, which contrasts city and country life, tells the story of a young cello player from Prague, Peter, and his elegant girlfriend, Stepa, who visit their friends in the country. The two of them enjoy an idyllic country life and Peter prepares for a concert with the local orchestra.

b/w, 71 min
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