Discussion: Classics Today

A Season of Classic Films online event / 8. 4. 2021, 7:30 PM / ZOOM / registration here

Chair: Michal Bregant (Národní filmový archiv, Prague) 
Panelists: Gérald Duchaussoy (Cannes, Festival Lumière), Tomáš Glanc (Zurich University), Barbora Kundračíková (Olomouc Museum of Art), Irena Lehkoživová (VI PER Gallery), Paulina Reizi (Eye Filmmuseum, ACE), Jiří Tourek (Faculty of humanities of the Charles University)

What is a “classic”, and how does this term change over time? Who decided which works receive this label and when? Why do we actually use this term all the time? How can references to classics and the canon be employed for future presentations of these works? These topics will be discussed by guests from various branches of culture, with CEO of the Národní filmový archiv, Michal Bregant, as moderator.


Michal Bregant is a CEO of Národní filmový archiv, Prague, a member of executive committees of FIAF and ACE. His favorite research field used to be the history of cinema in various cultural and societal contexts, particularly the modernist movement in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Gérald Duchaussoy is in charge of the Cannes Classics section at the Cannes Film Festival and in charge of programming at the International Classic Film Market at the festival Lumière in Lyon in France. He runs the film-club of the Cinéma de la Cité in Angoulême where he now lives and teaches. His first master thesis was about cigarettes in Hollywood films and another one about the American television show Saturday Night Live at Paris 3 University. He worked at the press office of the Festival de Cannes and Toronto (TIFF) for many years. He is the co-author, with his colleague Romain Vandestichele, of the book Mario Bava, The Magician of Colors (Lobster Films, 2019).

Tomáš Glanc born in Prague, is a professor at Zurich University. Topics of his research include modern slavic literature, Russian culture, samizdat and unofficial media, Russian and Czech modernism, Slavic ideology, and contemporary Russian art and literature. He has organized exhibitions of contemporary Russian art and several different editions of the exhibition Poetry & Performance: The Eastern European Perspective (together with Sabine Hänsgen). He has also been a visiting professor at Humboldt University, Berlin; visiting professor at Basel University; senior fellow at Bremen University; director of the Czech Cultural Center in Moscow; and director of the Institute of Slavic and East European Studies, Charles University, Prague.

Barbora Kundračíková is a head of the Olomouc Museum of Art – Central European Forum (SEFO)`s modern art collections. She also cooperates with the Photography Research Centre of the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, and works as a freelance curator. Her interests include classical forms in contemporary art practices (painting, photography, printmaking), their adaptations and overlaps.

Irena Lehkoživová is an architectural historian and a co-founder of VI PER Gallery in Prague, currently working also at the Archive of Fine Arts in Prague. In 2014–2015 she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York. 

Paulina Reizi is a film archivist at Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. She is currently coordinating ‘A Season of Classic Films’, an EU-funded initiative of ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) to promote film preservation. Paulina holds master’s degrees in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (University of Amsterdam) and in Information and Communication Technologies of Audio and Image (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). 

Jiří Tourek is a philosopher focused on architecture and theory of architecture, especially modern and contemporary architecture as well as architecture of classical tradition. Among particular research themes there are phenomenologically based theories, deconstruction in architecture and history of theory of architecture. Other points of research interest are cities, their architecture and urbanism and especially their role in civilization. Jiří Tourek studied at the Faculty of humanities of the Charles University, Prague where he currently teaches as assistant professor.