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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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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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After seeing this documentary "Pictures of the Old World", I found that this film is simply marvelous and is a great tribute to old people. This documentary "Pictures of the Old World" by Dusan Hanák in 1988 now becomes the evidence of both the sensitivity and strength of Czechoslovakia documentary. This documentary is about older people talking about their life-stories. The documentary explores the values of generation of an old countryman, and his confrontation for the harshness and difficulty of rural patterns of existence, but also celebrating ingenuity, honor and courage of a person. Hanák's image structure is scarce and precise, luminous and touching, taking us audiences from the everyday muddy works and struggles to the internal world of the imagination.


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