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Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)

Vtáckovia, siroty a blázni (original title)
Three adolescent war orphans seclude themselves in an anarchic and playful existence of denial and juvenile joy.

Director:

Juraj Jakubisko
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Cast

Credited cast:
Philippe Avron Philippe Avron ... Andrej
Jirí Sýkora Jirí Sýkora ... Yorick
Magda Vásáryová ... Martha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Míla Beran Míla Beran ... Landlord
Augustín Kubán Augustín Kubán ... Sailor
Mikulás Ladizinský Mikulás Ladizinský ... Partisan
Jana Stehnová Jana Stehnová ... Nun
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After the Prague Spring of 1968 leaves Yorick, Martha and Ondrej orphaned, the trio of young characters find shelter in a bombed church and construct a surrealistically anarchic existence based on a philosophy of denial of life circumstances and careless playfulness with the purpose of pretending they enjoy the peace and freedom they do not have. Each character undergoes a personal growth process after Yorick and Ondrej competitively seek to develop a relationship with Martha, which escalates to unforeseen consequences. Written by Edgar Cochran

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | War

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Country:

Czechoslovakia | France

Language:

Slovak

Release Date:

March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birds, Orphans and Fools See more »

Filming Locations:

Bratislava, Slovakia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Disturbing, Surreal, Flawed, Powerful
27 June 2000 | by dmeltzSee all my reviews

This film is equal parts 1969 acid trip, socialist-era Eastern European allegorical political manifesto and mirror held up to the Slovak soul. Maybe the surreal aspect of the film is just an accident! In any case, this film shows us the rubble of Bratislava just after the Prague spring. Maybe Spring came late to Bratislava. Maybe it never came at all. There are some great (and classic) surreal scenes, but there is very little continuity to the story - in fact very little story per say at all. To recommend it, this film still has a cutting-edge feel more than 30 years after it was originally made. Its basic premise seems to be that life (or at least life in the Czechoslovak Soviet Socialist Republic at the end of the 1960s) drives one mad - and that madness leads to unthinkable barbarity. Hence the few truly nauseating scenes of violence. Still, a unique look at a unique place and time, with memorable images. View at your own risk.


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