Retro Reappropriations. Responses to The Thirty Cases of Major Zeman in the Czech Republic

Veronika Pehe, Mediarep.Org
2020 VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture  
The first post-1989 rerun of the 1970s television series Třicet případů majora Zemana ('The Thirty Cases of Major Zeman,' or in short 'Major Zeman') in the Czech Republic generated a heated controversy in the media. This article will examine why Major Zeman became such a contested topic and presents an analysis of responses to the series. The paper suggests that the rescreening consolidated a particular 'retro' reception of the series, which reappropriates socialist popular culture and ascribes
more » ... ulture and ascribes it with an ostensibly apolitical, postmodern, ironic sensibility. The paper will consider how such a response can be reconciled with more explicitly political approaches to the series, arguing that retro has a political agenda of its own.
doi:10.25969/mediarep/14098 fatcat:fpskhgqoozbmbghnc3k56qwnvu