Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Arunas Zebriunas - Paskutine atostogu diena aka the Girl and the Echo (1964)
Many treasures have been buried (for ever?) in ex-USSR archives. Many movies have been made as too obvious communist propaganda and irritated people on both sides of Iron curtain. Many others that have been showing life from their point of view have stayed despised, neglected and forgotten because of the former ones: people simply
overlooked other qualities they had. And finally, many Soviet movies (as well as many made in their satellite countries) didn't include any politics, showing life stories that could be made anywhere, but people didn't give them a chance just because of bad experience they had with other Eastern Europe movies.
Authors beyond Iron Curtain have been censored, investigated, imprisoned if they expressed political attitudes that didn't follow official ones. But other than that directors had a great freedom hard to compare with today circumstances, not only in USA (where they are completely under producer's control). As movies were made after political decisions, those that were approved didn't need to worry either about money for making them or for audience big enough to return invested money. They were free art as made by old painters who lived in poverty and didn't expect millions for their works, painting from their hearts.
Many of these movies wouldn't find any audience today, even if coming from more popular movie sources. Slow (or very slow) with long camera shots, developing one scene longer than a whole chapter lasts in modern movies, with many shots showing nothing but nature and environment with no direct connection to the plot, or simply faces with (sometimes poor, depending on actor's qualities) facial expressions, not changing for half or whole minute... You need to be more than average patient person to withstand to the end.
If you can enjoy little things, if you like landscapes, if you are satisfied with a plot that can be said in one short paragraph and with two or three quite obvious (but not aggressive) messages, you should check this movie (but probably after a long search).
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