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Birds, Orphans and Fools Birds, Orphans and Fools

Surreal Czechoslovakian drama directed by Juraj Jakubisko Surreal Czechoslovakian drama directed by Juraj Jakubisko
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Shot immediately after the Soviet invasion of 1968, Jakubisko's long-repressed feature focuses on the the three-way relationship that develops between two male friends and a female Jewish orphan as they travail a world ravaged by death and destruction, a war-torn landscape of bombed-out churches and wrecked homes occupied, it seems, only by themselves and birds. Their triangular relationship recalls Truffaut's Jules et Jim, but Jakubisko's heroes have no romantic ideals - they are all orphans, products of an absurd world in which their parents killed each.

With references from Shakespeare to Rabelais, key episodes in Slovak history, and recalling the anarchic air of Vera Chytilová's DAISIES, Jakubisko's exhilerating, experimental film is turn playful, surreal and increasingly nightmarish. Shot immediately after the Soviet invasion of 1968, Jakubisko's long-repressed feature focuses on the the three-way relationship that develops between two male friends and a female Jewish orphan as they travail a world ravaged by death and destruction, a war-torn landscape of bombed-out churches and wrecked homes occupied, it seems, only by themselves and birds. Their triangular relationship recalls Truffaut's Jules et Jim, but Jakubisko's heroes have no romantic ideals - they are all orphans, products of an absurd world in which their parents killed each.

With references from Shakespeare to Rabelais, key episodes in Slovak history, and recalling the anarchic air of Vera Chytilová's DAISIES, Jakubisko's exhilerating, experimental film is turn playful, surreal and increasingly nightmarish.

Extras

20-page booklet featuring a new essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames.

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SKU 5060114150805
Catalogue Number SECONDRUN085
Year 1969
Director Juraj Jakubisko
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Second Run
Aspect ratio 1.66:1
Sound Original Mono (restored)
Subtitles English
Language(s) Slovak
Running time 78 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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