04 January 2013

Zuzana Schnöblingová

Young Czech actress Zuzana Schnöblingová (1946) appeared in a handful of films in her country during the 1960’s. She had a leading role in her first film, but in later films she played only supporting and bit parts.

Zuzana Schnöblingova
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Filmvertrieb, no. 1682, 1962. Retail price: 0,20 DM. Photo: publicity still for Červnové dny/June Days (1961).

Neorealist Style
We could not find any mention of Zuzana Schnöblingová in the IMDb, but Czech internet sources confirm she was a Czech film actress and was born in 1946. She made her film debut as a girl of 14 or 15 in Červnové dny/June Days (1961, Antonín Kachlík), a Czech drama in neorealist style. The story is about a passionate but innocent love between two teenagers (Schnöblingová and Jiri Bednar) in a small mining village and the insensitive adults around them. The subject was quite shocking at the time and the film was only shown in smaller cinemas, but still the film attracted almost a million visitors in only two months. Three years later Zuzana had a supporting part in Kdy brečí muži/When men cry (1964, Jan Valášek). The following year she had a bigger part in the sci-fi comedy Ztracená tvář/The Borrowed Face (1965, Pavel Hobl) starring Jana Brejchová. The film was based on a short story by noted Czech Science fiction writer Josef Nesvadba. The plot is about a criminal who forcibly switches, via an operation, faces with a priest. The result is a change in both of their behaviors to suit their new appearances. In conclusion however it is shown that this is just a transitional phenomenon – the reality of peoples natures is not proven to be changed by having a different face. That year she also appeared briefly in the crime film Alibi na vodě/Alibi on the Lake (1965, Vladimír Čech). Another crime film was Slečny přijdou později/Ladies come later (1966, Ivo Toman). That year, she also appeared in Mučedníci lásky/Martyrs of Love (1966, Jan Němec) with singer Karel Gott in his film debut. The film's surrealist lyrical style did not endear it to the authorities and for his next project, director Němec was forced to work outside the government-approved system. Schnöblingová's last film was Když má svátek Dominika/Dominika's Name Day (1967, Jan Valášek). This was a family film in which a boy exchanges his little brother for a cat. These parts were only bit roles. Then every trail of Zuzana Schnöblingová ends. She was only 21 at the time. What happened to her?

Sources: CSFD.cz (Czech), Wikipedia, and IMDb.

1 comment:

Adel said...

Wow european film stars are really good, they can match the biggest stars in hollywood!

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