Dancing Barefoot: Ivan Kral

Released: 1996 | Director: Zdenek Suchy

See musician and filmmaker Ivan Kral in this documentary, as guitarist in the 1970s with Blondie, Patti Smith Group and Iggy Pop, rising from refugee to rocker.

Born in Prague, Kral made music his life from an early age. When his parents uprooted the family to flee to New York in 1966, at age 18, he left behind a newly hatched music career at the top of the Czech pop chart.

Kral quickly took his place on the New York rock scene in the seminal days of punk, playing, and in many cases writing music, for legends-in-the-making and also filming them.

His 1975 first short film “Night Lunch” is known as the first DIY film and includes concerts he attended as a fan.

In 1976, his “Blank Generation” film captured the birth of punk and is now part of American cultural history.

Kral returned to Prague when Eastern Europe was free after the fall of the Berlin Wall. There he helped shape a new music scene by collaborating with top names in almost every genre.

FILM INFO

Director: Zdenek Suchy // Writer: Vladimir Barak // TRT: 63 minutes // Rating: Unrated (made for TV) // Language: Czech with English subtitles // Genre: Documentary // Year: 1996 // Partial Cast: Bono, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, John Cale, Johnny Ramone David Byrne, Lenny Kaye, John Waite, Hilly Kristal.