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Mutual Inspirations Festival 2019 - Marta Kubišová


WIFE

WIFE

In 1970, Marta married Czechoslovak New Wave film director Jan Němec, a rising star on the directorial scene with cinematic gems such as Diamonds of the Night (1964), A Report on the Party and Guests (1966), as well as the documentary Oratorio for Prague, capturing the Soviet-led invasion. Marta secured her first film contract in his film Martyrs of Love (1967), making a cameo appearance. Later, Němec made several short films for her songs. In the recent documentary Magic Voice of a Rebel, Marta spoke about her life with Němec saying that he really loved her and that when the Czechs beat the Russians in the Ice Hockey World Championships, he was so elated that he wanted to write her initials in bullets in her bay window. Their love though was not to last. The communists saw not only Marta but also her husband as a red flag to the regime. Barrandov Film Studios blacklisted him. They retreated to Němec’s home village where Marta found employment in a factory, and he worked as a tractor driver. Němec saw no opportunity to continue his directorial career and eventually emigrated, but Marta chose to stay and the couple divorced. She married director Jan Moravec a couple years later.
 
Marta Kubišová (center) with Václav Havel (left), Jan Němec (right), and Olga Havlová
Photo Courtesy of the Václav Havel Library
 

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