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Pictures of the Old World (1972)

Obrazy starého sveta (original title)
Pictures of the Old World is an unquestioned masterpiece of European documentary cinema, with existential radicalism that offers a contrast to the shallowness of hundreds of other ... See full synopsis »

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Dusan Hanák

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Dusan Hanák
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Pictures of the Old World is an unquestioned masterpiece of European documentary cinema, with existential radicalism that offers a contrast to the shallowness of hundreds of other documentary films showing images from the outskirts of civilization. The outskirts here are a Slovakian town in the Tatra Mountains. Though censored for 17 years, Dusan Hanáks poetic visual essay is not a political or even social film. It goes to far deeper and more fundamental levels of human experience. Inspired by the photographs of Martin Martinek, the films power lies in its unusual portraits of people whose raw visual beauty radiates from their very souls. Some, like the village cosmos aficionado or the disabled old man who climbs stairs on his knees, are hard to forget.

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For all youngsters definitely a must-see!!!
16 January 2002 | by STOPORENECSee all my reviews

This movie is simply marvellous. It is a great tribute to old people. One might think that it is boring to watch a documentary about olders talking about their life-stories, but it´s not. This one is deeply realistic, moving and artistic in a good sense. One can´t believe what these people went through. I am not going to explain details of the movie, but ..... you should see it. I saw it 5 times and I´d give it 10 out of 10.

Dusan Hanak is the best Slovak director.


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10 July 1972 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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