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Eastern European Cinema
« on: 20 Apr 2010 - 10:29 »

Hello. Am new to this forum, and am glad to see a 'Arthouse' section. I love 'Cult' movies, and often find that certain audiences tend to separate 'Art' films from this bracket.
I am increasingly becoming obsessed with Eastern European cinema from the 60s onwards. have discovered some gems.
Obviously the starting point is 'Valerie and Her Week of Wonders', but the unique 'vibe' from that movie can be found in many others. I have also recently discovered some interesting directors from the 80s from Poland and Russia who specialise in dark, pessimistic Sci Fi Horror - IE, Piotr Szulkin, and Konstantin Lopushansky.
Anyone else share an interest? Here are my top ten (so far), Weirdo Eastern European movies -
-The Cremator (Juraj herz),
-Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (Konstantin Lopushansky)
-The Chekist (Aleksandr Rogozhkin)
-Valerie And Her week Of Wonders (Jaromil Jires)
-Agony (Elem Klimov)
-Daisies (Vera Chytilová)
-Ga, Ga - Chwala bohaterom (Piotr Szulkin)
-Szamanka (Andrzej Zulawski)
-Of Freaks and Men (Alexei Balabanov)
-The Hourglass Sanitorium (Wojciech Has)
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #1 on: 20 Apr 2010 - 14:33 »

Welcome to the forum Pricey, are you the same Pricey on pre-cert?
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #2 on: 20 Apr 2010 - 15:35 »

Welcome to the forum Pricey, are you the same Pricey on pre-cert?
That's me, mate. Nice to be here.
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #3 on: 05 May 2010 - 09:44 »

Anyone seen this film. Juraj herz directed it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb_1OakYF3Y&feature=player_embedded
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #4 on: 05 May 2010 - 18:38 »

Hi Pricey,

You've got a few of my favourites in your list there  :D

Not sure if you've seen the Czechoslovakian Václav Vorlícek films but if not, I'd definitely recommend these:

Pane, Vy Jste Vdova! (Mister, You're A Widow Now). 1971
Což Takhle Dát Si špenát (A Nice Plate Of Spinach). 1977
Kdo Chce Zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?). 1966

These two are also worth checking out:
Vrchní, Prchni! (Run Waiter Run). 1980 (Dir. Ladislav Smoljak)
Ucho (The Ear). 1970 (Dir. Karel Kachyna)

I'm not really a fan of the mid eighties but the odd Polish sci-fi comedy 'Sexmisja' (1984   ) is worth a look too.
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #5 on: 07 May 2010 - 08:53 »

Thanks for the recommendations there. Will definitely try to check those out. Any idea how I get hold of these films? There seems to be a Facets DVD of Kdo Chce Zabít Jessii? And not much else.

I have Ucho, and Vrchni, Prchni! they are both great  :'(

Will check out Sexmisja for sure!

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« Reply #6 on: 07 May 2010 - 17:50 »

No problem, pleasure!

They're all out on DVD over here in the Czech Republic and with English subs. Most of the online stores here will only ship to CZ and Slovakia but you could give some of the more specialised stores a go. I do know that all three are available on the net on various sites and with subs too though...
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #7 on: 08 May 2010 - 11:35 »

Another vote for Což Takhle Dát Si špenát (A Nice Plate Of Spinach) - wonderful film.

As Luca wrote, many Czech dvd's have English subs (usually by a woman called Doris... and I thought I worked hard!) - They are also incredibly cheap to pick up, usually just a few Euro's.

If you really can't find an online retailer who will ship to your country then look for a website called czechtorrents (or something like that!) you'll find what you are looking for there.

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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #8 on: 12 May 2010 - 09:34 »

just got hold of a bunch of Czech DVDs - Kdo Chce Zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?), Lemonade joe, T.M.A, Upír z Feratu, Petrolejové lampy, The fireman's ball and a couple of others.

Can't wait to go for through these. Thanks for the tip off about these releases, guys.  ::)
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #9 on: 12 May 2010 - 09:48 »

i'm looking for T.M.A. also, any chance you could send me a link to where you found it please pricey
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« Reply #10 on: 12 May 2010 - 13:29 »

i'm looking for T.M.A. also, any chance you could send me a link to where you found it please pricey
I actually bought these from a friend of a friend. He apparently ordered them from http://www.dvdbest.sk/ which apparently has an english navigation option. Might try and order something from them, and see what they are like.
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« Reply #11 on: 12 May 2010 - 15:55 »

Nice one. Thankyou.
i found straight away, bookmarked for ordering on payday   ::)
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #12 on: 01 Jun 2010 - 16:21 »

I mentioned it in my opening post on this thread, but has anyone seen this dark gem of a film? Chekist. Kind of like Alan Clarke's Elephant meets Salo in Communist Russia. Not exactly a Ben Stiller film, but very beautifully shot and scored. Check out this clip - http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=wZMek_OYs2Y&feature=related
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #13 on: 04 Feb 2011 - 13:28 »

Nice thread we have here! :P

How about some Estonian cinema...

Viimne reliikvia / The Last Relic (1969)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065180/

Beautiful medieval classic, set during a Livonian War era peasant uprising. It's available in a restored DVD from Tallinnfilm:

http://www.lasering.ee/index.php?make=item_show&toote_id=8338

The film and even the extras are subtitled in: Estonian, English, Finnish, Latvian, German and Russian.

'Hukkunud Alpinisti' hotell / The Dead Mountaineer Hotel (1979)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204526/

Tallinnfilm restored this crime/sci-fi flick in 2009 and also got a theatrical re-release in the same year as well. Should be out on DVD but no release date yet.
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Re: Eastern European Cinema
« Reply #14 on: 12 Feb 2011 - 14:26 »

Anyone else seen [amazondvd]The Savage Hunt of King Stakh[/amazondvd]?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128164/

Picked up the Ruscico reissue of this lavish Gothic thriller from seventies Soviet Belarus as a curiosity a couple of years back and was blown away by it. I think it would appeal to Bava fans and certainly deserves to be better known.
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