Ivan Passer

Director, Writer, Assistant director
This leading figure of the Czech new wave co-scripted all of Milos Forman's native films before making his directorial debut with the acclaimed medium-length study of football fanaticism, "A Boring Afternoon" (1964) ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1933

Filmography

Director (15)

Nomad 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Picnic 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

The Colors of Love 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Haunted Summer 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Creator 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Cutter's Way 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Silver Bears 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Crime and Passion 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Law and Disorder 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Born to Win 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Intimate Lighting 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Fourth Story (TV Show)

Director

Stalin (TV Show)

Director

The Wishing Tree (TV Show)

Director

While Justice Sleeps (TV Show)

Director
Writer (5)

Law and Disorder 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Born to Win 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Loves of a Blonde 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Firemen's Ball 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Intimate Lighting 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Sametova Kocovina 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

This leading figure of the Czech new wave co-scripted all of Milos Forman's native films before making his directorial debut with the acclaimed medium-length study of football fanaticism, "A Boring Afternoon" (1964). Passer's subsequent output displayed a Forman-like ability to capture the absurdity of everyday life and--as evinced by his highly-regarded first feature, "Intimate Lighting" (1965)--a sure feel for the uses of music in film. Following the Soviet invasion in 1968, Passer moved first to Western Europe, at the invitation of Carlo Ponti, and then to the US. He has made a number of modest, quirky films, the most successful of which, "Cutter's Way" (1981), an off-beat study of a group of drifters, became something of a cult favorite.

EDUCATION

FAMU

parents would not allow him to complete degree

Milestones

2007

Co-directed "Nomad," a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan (uncredited)

1999

Directed Alfre Woodard in "The Wishing Tree"

1992

Directed the HBO TV-movie "Stalin" about the life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator

1991

American TV directorial debut, "Fourth Story" (Showtime)

1985

Directed Peter O'Toole in "Creator"

1981

Helmed "Cutter's Way," an off-beat study of a group of drifters

1970

US directorial debut "Born to Win"

1968

Moved to New York City

1965

Screenwriting debut, Milos Forman's "Lasky Jedne Plavovlasky"

1961

Assistant director on Milos Forman's "Audition"

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