Sunday, January 22, 2023

RIP Jiří Machání


Czech cinematographer and cameraman Jiří Machání (aka Jiří Macháne) died in Prague, Czech Republic on January 20, 2023. He was 82. Born on December 27, 1940 he graduated twenty-four years later he graduated from the university as a cinematographer. At first he worked ifor the Czechoslovak Army Film and as an assistant cameraman he participated in Jan Schmidt's gloomy vision “The End of August in the Ozon Hotel” and in Kachyňa's disillusioning fresco “Long Live the Republic”. He began his independent work as a cameraman with Schmidt's film “The Lanfieri Colony”, shot in the Soviet Union during the August invasion of Czechoslovakia. “His Funeral Celebration” directed by Zdeněk Sirový gave a true picture of the village in the 1950s and 1960s but ended up in the vault, it was not performed until 1990. Machání was the cinematographer on two Euro-westerns: “The Claim at Deaf Creek” and “David Sandel’s Last Shot” both in 1972.

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