Dusan Klein


January 24, 2022

Dušan Klein, born Július Klein (June 27, 1939 Michalovce - January 9, 2022 Prague), was a Czech director and screenwriter of Jewish origin.


He was born in Michalovce, Slovakia, to a Jewish family. Thanks to his father's job, the family first received an exemption from transports, but in 1941 they threatened to lose the exemption and began to hide on a farm in the Low Tatras. After half a year, he began to hide with his brothers in the Catholic Orphanage in Bratislava, where he received documents in the names of Dušan Ružiak (he kept this first name permanently). In the end, however, they were betrayed and interned first in the Sereď concentration camp, then in April 1945 they were transferred to Terezín, where he and his brothers managed to survive the end of World War II. My father did not survive the war, my mother did. The family did not return to their native Michalovce family, they lived in Ostrava and Prague. In 1958 he was admitted to the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) and during his studies he worked as an assistant director at FS Barrandov. His roommate was Vladimír Körner. He graduated in 1963. From the same year until the mid-1970s, he was a freelance director and wrote several television films. At the beginning of normalization, when there were some personnel changes in Barrandov and a number of film directors were forced to leave, he was one of those who replaced their positions. From 1975 to 1991, he was a director employed at Barrandov Film Studios. In the 1970s, he became interested in the genre of crime, spy and, to a lesser extent, adventure films. He did not completely leave the work of a television director and in the early 1980s he experimented with the concept of "interactive" television film, the course of which viewers would be able to influence by telephone voting. In the 1980s, comedy began to dominate the genres of his films, and awareness of the director himself also began to rise. He gained the greatest fame with the successful hexalog "about poets". After the Velvet Revolution, he devoted part of his time to television adaptations of literary works with several returns to the detective genre. In the last few years of his life, he has shown interest in hosting and lecturing at film schools and meeting young and budding filmmakers, while occasionally making television films or series (The Guardian of Souls, several episodes of The Street,…). He taught at FAMU, since November 1, 2002 as a professor in the field of film, television and photographic arts and new media - directing. In 1989, he was named a Merited Artist. He was married and had two sons with his wife Silver.

Selected directorial work


1973 - Queen's Arrest Warrant 1975 - The city knows nothing 1977 - Bet on Thirteen (including screenplay) 1982 - How the World Loses Poets (including screenplay) 1983 - Radical section 1984 - How Poets Lose Illusions (Including Screenplay) 1986 - Who's Afraid Runs (screenplay by Dušan Klein and Ladislav Pecháček) 1987 - How Poets Enjoy Life (Including Screenplay) 1987 - Good Pigeons Return (including screenplay) 1989 - Dear friends, yes 1993 - The End of Poets in Bohemia (including screenplay) 1994 - Angel Eyes 1996 - Separate account 2004 - How Poets Don't Lose Hope (Including Screenplay) 2008 - Wedding on the battlefield 2010 - Family 2016 - How poets await a miracle


1992 - Sins for Father Knox (TV series) 1996 - Sins for Detective Viewers (TV series) 2001 - The Third (TV movie) 2004 - Guardians of the Soul (TV series) 2004 - Even in Death Alone (three-part TV movie) 2005 - I lived with a foreigner (including the script) 2005 - Street (TV series) 2010 - Confectionery (TV series)




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