I'm a sucker for personal stories presented against great historical upheaval like Doctor Zhivago, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Reds, so I'm predisposed to liking the Burning Bush. It's not up to the level of the aforementioned classics but engaging all the same. Credit goes to Holland for keeping the story moving even though at its center, it's about a cipher.
Really good! This is far from being a feast for the eyes but the storytelling (in the grand tradition of European TV movies) is great here. A slow-burner historical thriller, there is a lot to chew on here. So much so, in fact, that the character development sometimes lags a little behind, but the main story is so compelling that not much else is needed, really.
Blown away by how amazing this series is. So intelligently done, without needless expository dialogue. A terrifying portrait of people maneuvering in a deadly grey society, where everything you see or hear can be denied or fabricated, where your existence can easily be erased. The music is exceptionally well done, and all the acting is phenomenal. Every bit as powerful as "Europa, Europa."
Incredibly strong TV drama set against the backdrop of the events that unfolded after the Prague spring, in particular the self-immolation of Jan Palach and several other students in protest of the occupation by the Soviets. Holland shows in unexcited, but passionate scenes, how resistance is crushed in societies in which people cannot trust each other anymore and in which everyone can lose everything at any time.
The importance of the Holland film is not its technical aspects, but its historical fact, those familiar with history know, as Martha Gellhorn describes in “Stricken Field,” a historical novel about the Czechs and Sudetenland in WWII. Between 1938 and 1968 how much changed? It doesn’t look like much. The thing that stands out is the unity of the people apart from the government against enormous odds.
The most famous Polish female director A. Holland successfully captures both political context, personal drama of the main characters and beautiful portraits each sides of these events that relates not only for Czech nations, but for al Eastern and Central Europe. Outstanding cinematic reflection for one of the most important period of XXth century.