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The Deserter and the Nomads (1968)

Zbehovia a pútnici (original title)
Three war stories ranging from World War I to a post-apocalyptic nuclear holocaust treat death and the fragility of the humankind through different approaches.

Director:

Juraj Jakubisko
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikulás Ladizinský Mikulás Ladizinský ... Zbehovia - Martin / Dominika - Nikolaj / Pútnici - Martin
Jana Stehnová Jana Stehnová ... Zbehovia - nevesta / Pútnici - dívka
Augustín Kubán Augustín Kubán ... Zbehovia - Biely Husár / Dominika - Smrt / Pútnici - Smrt
Helena Gorovova Helena Gorovova ... Zbehovia - Lila / Pútnici - Lila
Magda Vásáryová ... Dominika - Dominika
Alexandra Sekulova Alexandra Sekulova ... Zbehovia - Mara
Olga Vronská Olga Vronská ... Dominika - Rusky (as Ol'ga Vronská)
Samuel Adamcík Samuel Adamcík ... Dominika - Perun
Ferencz Gejza Ferencz Gejza ... Zbehovia - Kalmán, Pútnici - almán
Vasek Kovarik Vasek Kovarik ... Crippled Christ
Frantisek Peto Frantisek Peto ... Zbehovia - mrzák
Mikulás Cincula Mikulás Cincula ... Zbehovia - zjizvený
Ivan Krivosudsky Ivan Krivosudsky ... Dominika - vykupovac
Peter Debnar Peter Debnar ... Zbehovia - zenich / Pútnici - zenich
Ludovit Reiter Ludovit Reiter ... Dominika - Fabo
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Storyline

Through a variety of film styles that provide a surrealistic sensory overload, Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko provides three war stories that treat the fragility of the humankind through different approaches, with Death as a common denominator appearing in all stories. In the first chapter (WWI), a gypsy deserts the army to return to his town for a wedding. To protect himself, he dresses up as a woman. However, the Hussars spot him, unleashing violent confrontations in the village. In the second chapter (WWII), Russian partisans kill an old man suspected of being a German spy. The news that the war is over scatters. Celebrations begin. But a German unit is unaware of this, and stumbles upon the celebration. In the third chapter (Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Holocaust), two survivors begin an extensive search for other remaining people, but Death seeks them out too. Written by Edgar Cochran

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Czechoslovakia | Italy

Language:

Slovak | German

Release Date:

6 December 1968 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deserter and the Nomads See more »

Filming Locations:

Bratislava, Slovakia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Spirited but wearying.
4 March 2004 | by magus-9See all my reviews

This is a very energetic, very strange, very shrill film about death in a surreal Slovakia. Three episodes cover three different historical periods, two in the past, one in a post-nuclear-apocalypse future. If you take the most strident bits of middle- or late-period Fellini, cross-pollenate that with the obscure, balletic late films of Jancso, add the geese- and gypsy-milieu of Kusturica, and you might have an idea of what this is like to watch; there's a lot of invention and colour, but it's so highly strung and shrilly pitched that the film swiftly becomes a bit grating, and frequently dull. However, a curio, and probably worth seeing once.


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