Business across borders : Activities of Austrian company Saschafilm in Czech lands after the collapse of Austria-Hungary



Rok publikování 2020
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Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Popis This paper explores the influence of the 1918 collapse of the Habsburg empire on the cinematic industries in its successor states. It specifically addresses efforts made by Austrian entrepreneurs to continue their work in the Czech territories and maintain relations between both cinema industries after the dissolution of the empire. Foreign companies in Czechoslovakia had to deal with several obstacles like the new boundaries and restrictions targeted against foreign capital. By analysing the case of Alexander Kolowrat’s Sasha-film and its subsidiaries, this paper aims to enrich existing knowledge about relations between the two cinematic industries. The paper is divided into three parts: the first describes the context of film distribution in the Czech lands before the end of World War 1, when Alexander Kolowrat became one of many entrepreneurs who distributed their films in the Czech lands through their own subsidiaries; the second analyses the direct impact of political changes on the film business; the third concentrates on further developments in the late 1920s and the early 1930s, when Alexander Kolowrat died and Sasha-film’s subsidiary was sold to one of Czech entrepreneurs.
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