Thursday, October 14, 2010

RIP Jiri Krizan

Czech screenwriter Jiri Krizan dies at age 68
The Associated Press, October 14, 2010

PRAGUE (AP) -- Jiri Krizan, a Czech screenwriter who served as an adviser to President Vaclav Havel, has died. He was 68.

Jan Krystof, a regional manager of the TOP 09 party, says Krizan died of a heart attack on Wednesday in the eastern village of Branky.

Born Oct. 26, 1941, Krizan was not allowed by the communist regime to study until 1960s. His father was executed following a political trial in 1951.

Krizan wrote screenplays to more than a dozen movies, including "Shadows of a Hot Summer," which was directed by Frantisek Vlacil and won the top award at the 1978 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

After the 1989 collapse of communism, Krizan became Havel's adviser and served as deputy interior minister from 1992 until 1995, when he returned to screenwriting.

Jiri Krizan wrote the screenplays for three Czech western short films: "The Claim at Deaf Creek", "A Canyon Full of Gold", "David Sandel's Last Shot" all filmed in 1972.

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