Category Archives: Other European Cinema

A film review: “The House” [1997 Lithuania]

Sarunas Bartas:
As one of Lithuania’s foremost auteurs, Sarunas Bartas is known for his poetic, brooding, and contemplative cinema that allow themselves to be interpreted variously based on individual experiences. If some critics are eager to brand his work pretentious and … Continue reading

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Cinema at its most profound: “Corn Island” [2014, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Hungary]

Birds chirping, water flowing, and intermittent rain pouring, make up most of the audio in George Ovashvili’s exquisitely lush drama “Simindis kundzuli” [Eng. Title: Corn Island] – there are hardly any dialogues, and yet it sends viewers on a … Continue reading

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A film review: Így jöttem [1965 Hungary]

In his third feature, noted Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó presents a war-themed drama in the film “Így jöttem” [Eng. Title: My Way Home]. Considered by many as a masterpiece, it is a detached observation made with great detail but … Continue reading

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Re-educating the aristocracy: “Te rongyos élet” [1984 Hungary]

Péter Bacsó’s comedy drama “Te rongyos élet” [Eng. Title: Oh, Bloody Life!] casts a critical eye on the exploitation-in-kind, of aristocrats and the rich elite in Stalinist Hungary during the early fifties – many of them were forcibly evicted … Continue reading

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A colourful socialist mural: “Még kér a nép” [1972, Hungary]

Miklós Jancsó was among the few gifted Eastern European directors to ever gain fame and recognition on the other side of the iron curtain. His best works unfortunately came about during the height of the Cold War, where … Continue reading

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