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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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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Slovak | Czech

Release Date:

1972 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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Just beautiful...
21 March 2007 | by wufSee all my reviews

Like it was said, it is a very touching movie. I started to cry and i couldn't stop for a while. It is a movie about the simple life of old people, who are living their lives on their own. Everyone has his own angle of view of the world. Everyone has his own life story and also his own burden to carry. But they agree, that the life is beautiful, it is worth to live it in any way possible... These are just simple minded man and women, but the words spoken from their lips show, that time is the real teacher to them. I would be honored to meet them in real life and just listen to them... If you have the opportunity, just watch it...


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