MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 19,948 this week

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 273 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 8 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 503 titles
created 28 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 10 Aug 2013
 
a list of 635 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 337 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972)

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Stan Brakhage films the birth of his first child, Myrrena.

Director: Stan Brakhage
Stars: Jane Brakhage, Myrrena Brakhage, Stan Brakhage
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Chantal Akerman, the Belgian filmmaker, lives in New York. Filmed images of the City are accompanied by the texts of Chantal Akerman's loving but manipulative mother back home in Brussels. ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Chantal Akerman
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A short documentary about a hospital ward for children with leukemia in Lithuania.

Director: Arunas Matelis
Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Kenneth Anger, Robert Breer, Alberto Cavalcanti
Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Peter Kubelka, Jonas Mekas, Oona Mekas
The Brig (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Warren Finnerty, Jim Anderson, Henry Howard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Adolfas Mekas, Frances Stillman, Ben Carruthers
In Between (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

IN BETWEEN is a great opportunity to reach an authentically insight into the pilgrimage. For those of you who have already had the wonderful experience of reaching Santiago, you can now revive the special atmosphere of being a pilgrim.

Director: Jonas Mekas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Jerome Hill
Khan Khanne (2014)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Godard's filmed letter to Cannes Festival President Gilles Jacob.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Jean-Luc Godard
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Kubelka ...
Himself
Annette Michelson ...
Herself
Daniel Rogosin ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

4 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy litván út emlékei  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Artificial intrusions in life
29 July 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This is too distanced to connect to me. Primarily, the problem is that for Mekas the images are intimate and familiar, emotionally charged, had to be since he is revisiting childhood here. But this is conveyed in a casual, almost indifferent way, a New York artist's way which is what Mekas was at this point. It's an unappealing effect to see.

Mekas returns after so long, sees his old mother and old school friends, things have changed, others have stayed the same, but we experience this in the same desultory way, from a filmic distance. He follows his old mother around trying to capture, from his end, an ordinary day: the sitting and walking, the work. There is no touch, no warm embrace.

Imagine. We only see him once in the film before the camera, and that is a cold image where he simply feeds logs to a fire where his mother cooks pancakes. What I mean to say is that we don't get the deep experience of the return, we get a diaristic snapshot of Lithuanian life. We don't see the returning son here so much as the formal filmmaker. It's cold, utterly cold.

Mekas had a famous falling out with Cassavetes in the early days, apparently for reasons of narrative form in the latter's Shadows. I can only imagine the warmth and ragged truth of the film Cassavetes, a Greek, would have made about his return.

This awkwardness is interestingly reflected in the film here. Mekas is returning with his camera, looking to capture a slice of remembered life and contrasts. All through the film, what happens is that the people in spite of his efforts continuously arrange themselves to be filmed: they sing around the camera, his cousin's family poses for a photo. It's interesting because the very presence of the artificial eye creates artifice, disrupts the living flow.

Cool tidbit: we see at one point Wittgenstein's house in Vienna, designed by him. An ugly, square thing, fittingly for a logician. Austrians are thinkers, taxonomists in the big dance of things. And Mekas, if nothing else, wants to film outside the box. The film ends with Vienna in flames, a fruit market burning, because, Mekas muses, the city doesn't want it, it wants to clear room for something modern. That was cool.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Foreign prod. on U.S. National Film Registry? badmoon36

Contribute to This Page