František Vláčil (1924) - film director, whose films "Marketa Lazarová" and "Valley of Bees" are considered magnum opus of Czech cinematography. He was a Czech film director, painter, and graphic artist. Between 1945 and 1950, he studied esthetics and art history at Masaryk University in Brno. Later he worked in various groups and ateliers. His films are well known for extraordinarily high art quality. Vláčil was awarded many film prizes.