European Film / Eastern European Film
Despite the restrictions pertaining behind the Iron Curtain, Eastern Europe gained a reputation for provocative, questioning and beautiful cinema, with such Poles as Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski, Czechs like Jiri Menzel and Frantisek Vlacil and the Hungarians Miklos Jancso and Istvan Szabo defying the tenets of Socialist Realism to examine life, past and prese... [+]
Despite the restrictions pertaining behind the Iron Curtain, Eastern Europe gained a reputation for provocative, questioning and beautiful cinema, with such Poles as Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski, Czechs like Jiri Menzel and Frantisek Vlacil and the Hungarians Miklos Jancso and Istvan Szabo defying the tenets of Socialist Realism to examine life, past and present, in their troubled nations.
Often using the strictures of censorship to positive advantage, directors explored new methods of getting their messages across, whether with satire, as in The Party and the Guests, unbridled irreverence, as with Daisies, or, as wth the work of Czech master animator Jan Svankmajer, innovative animated surrealism. For others - and here films such as Vlacil's Marketa Lazarova and Makk's Love come to mind - exquisite, poignant beauty was the best way of creating great films that have far outlasted the times of their creation."
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, film has flourished in the newly independent republics, with Emir Kusturica, Bela Tarr and Christian Mungiu among those to benefit from the new freedom of expression. Indeed, some of the most exciting new European cinema is currently engaged in examining its own past with a fresh perspective and wry humour. [-]
European Film / Eastern European Film Film Listing
Malgorzata Szumowska, 2011
Juliette Binoche stars in this French drama about female students who turn to prostitution to fun...
Pawel Pawlikowski, 2011
A Paris-set psychological thriller, The Woman in the Fifth is adapted from the 2007 thriller by D...
Jiri Menzel, 1966
One of the very best films of the 1960s Czech New Wave, Closely Observed Trains w...
Jan Svankmajer, 2010
A psychoanalytical cutout comedy, animated by the peerless Czech filmmaker Jan Sv...
Bela Tarr, 2011
A film of long takes and few words, The Turin Horse (co-written by novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai)...
Radley Metzger, 1974
Riding the 70s wave of ever more liberal big screen morals, Score takes us to the imaginary city ...
Marius Holst, 2010
A dramatisation based on a sinister true history, King of Devil's Island is set in 1915 on a remo...
Jan Svankmajer, 2005
In the live-action story with animated interludes, orphan Jean comes under the influence of a sin...
Mila Turajlic, 2010
A fascinating documentary about state-run cinema and its collapse, Cinema Komunisto looks at how ...
Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991
Kieslowski's finest work. Irene Jacob plays the dual role of identical strangers ...
Milos Forman, 1967
Forman's hilarious, deadpan satirical comedy about a provincial firemen's ball descending into co...
Frantisek Vlacil, 1967
Set in the 13th Century, this ambitious and multi-layered medieval epic with its nearly three-hou...