David Sorfa contributes an article on the representation of sex and work in Czech cinema to this volume edited by Ewa Mazierska:
Sorfa, D. (2013). Beyond Work and Sex in Czech Cinema. In E. Mazierska (Ed.), Work in Cinema: Labor and the Human Condition. (pp. 133-150). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Extract: “My contention is that while overt prostitution as represented in film has been discussed extensively in a number of recent books (Brown, Iordanova and Torchin, 2010; Loshitzky, 2010) – almost always in conjunction with considerations surrounding trafficking and the transnational (harking back to the debates around white slavery at the beginning of the last century) – less has been said about the more banal everyday forms of sexual exchange that mark life more generally in contemporary Europe. I concentrate here on Czech cinema since the country occupies a liminal space between East and West both geographically and historically. I discuss two important films from the 1960s Czech New Wave, Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky, 1965) by Miloš Forman, and Daisies (Sedmikrásky,1966) by Vera Chytilová, before moving on to consider the film versions of the most successful contemporary Czech novelist, Michael Viewegh.”