"Underground" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

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The lush and extremely rich in the works of fiction of the Yugoslav (as it still continues to call himself, though no longer a country) director Emir Kusturica -. There are several outstanding paintings. The same tape is his best work, still drawn style director, at the same time bringing it up to an incredible cams, turning serious thing into a farce. At first glance it seems that the author went too far with comedy, drama overshadowing it. But Kusturica himself has repeatedly said that in the life of too many bad things, from which it is hard not to cry. Therefore, he prefers not to be filled with bitter tears - but consciously go into the grotesque and buffoonery. Because when the funny - then no big deal. And this film - perhaps the best proof. However, it is very difficult to classify this creation is strictly according to the canons of a certain genre. For Kusturica with his characteristic generosity mixed in "underground" seemingly not matching genres. Here and diluted comedy drama and frank symbolism - which saturates the whole picture, eccentric Gega interspersed with the murders, but reality sometimes indistinguishable from fiction. Not attributing the film to what that particular genre, perhaps you can describe it as "the people's giving," because for the fairy tales shown on the screen all the same painfully bleak. And the painting itself begins titer, if directed by the movie's going to tell his audience a fairy tale: "Once there was a country» ...
Before we talk about the plot of the picture, it should be said about how he appeared in her author. The idea of ​​the great films about the people of the former Yugoslavia, which was then on the verge of civil war - which had territorial and religious background, which the author himself later called ridiculous. It is always standing at the edge, on the same field - Muslim mosque, an Orthodox church and a synagogue. And suddenly, in one moment all seemed to go crazy for - start killing yesterday's neighbors, to burn their homes and blame in what is absurd and unbelievable things. Then he was director in France, on the set of "Arizona Dream" - his first Western paintings with Hollywood stars and big budget - which is not allowed to break the contract and return to their homeland. Which already begins the first fights that certainly would not leave such a patriot and a citizen as Kusturica away. He often communicated by phone with the Balkans, it was shown live on television. He spoke to some leaders of political and military activists to delay or even stop the fighting in a particular area. While Kusturica was a very great artist, the most famous representative of his country and its people in the eyes of his authority it was unusually high. Someone even started a rumor that the famous director say secretly moved across the border and is already fighting on the side of the militias. Although the Emir Kusturica spoke about it quite clearly stating an unwillingness to engage in a fratricidal war. But political views, he was one with the then head of state, Slobodan Milosevic - to do everything possible that would not prevent the disintegration of the country into several states. Which of course could not do without a large number of victims and the blood ...
That's when Emir Kusturica and wanted to make a film about his people, to try to show all the things happening in his country absurd, which was in its Soviet past. Wanting to make the audience and try to think about the future path of the former single people and collapsed state. Together with a talented and original writer Dusan Kovacevic they wrote phantasmagoric story that talked about the political and historical transformations and developments in the territory of their homeland over the past half-century. Action dates back in 1941 th, with the beginning of the Great Patriotic War and completed in 1992 - at the beginning of the Yugoslav civil war. Throughout the narrative are the same artists who sometimes play different characters. If you retell the story is very - very briefly, then will not be able to pass all the flavor and complexity of the planned Kusturica "mystification" (as he called them to the creation of one of the festivals). The plot is carried allegory character Miki Manojlovic - communist activist and "war hero and poet" comrade Marco with long-term head of state - Tito. That deceit and promises for a long time duril and exploited their own people, keeping him in complete isolation. So does Mark with his godfather Peter Paper the "Black" (Lazar Ristovski) - when the deception keeps order in an underground bunker, where he had a handful of guerrillas since the war makes the weapon. Which, according to the tireless residents of the underground go to the front - in the destruction of the Nazis, in fact WWII ended long ago and their products through the efforts of resourceful comrade Marco goes to the black market. Lagging behind for decades from real life, enclosed in a bunker close guerrillas once selected to the surface. And from an excess of emotion, afraid in a peaceful civilized life literally everything - in fact many of them have gone into hiding more children - "partisans" want back into his hiding place ...
Incredibly deftly handling the dramatic construction of the plot, with unprecedented ease punctuating the drama and comedy making almost a farce - in the finals, the authors reached almost epic tragedy. Therefore, the last moments of the picture can not look indifferently, without tears ... hard, but looking remarkably easily and naturally the picture, which developed many creative successes from perfect on the verge of acting unions to camera work Wilco Filachev and memorable soundtrack by Goran Bregovic. As it was first shown at the Cannes Film Festival in the 1995th, "Underground" by Emir Kusturica brought him a second Palme d'Or - enter thereby into the circle of classics of world cinema, the level of Scorsese and Coppola. The truth is not always the film was received with enthusiasm, there were also those who saw in the "underground" provocation or propaganda in favor of the Serbs. The author would like brushed off such accusations, claiming that he was especially painful for the broken-up and bleeding homeland. Even I wanted after movie - murals to leave the cinema, but fortunately then changed his rash decision. It was in Emir Kusturica and after an interesting, colorful picture. Get at least all your favorite Gypsy comedy "Black Cat, White Cat" (1998) or the melodrama, "Life is a Miracle" (2004), so take at least just published, a wonderful band "along the Milky Way." However, "Underground" - and will remain for the author's unrivaled, seminal work.

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