Winner of the Palme d’Or (the second for director Emir Kusturica following When Father Was Away on Business), this epic dramedy chronicles the history of Yugoslavia over the course of three defining wars: World War II, the Cold War, and the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.
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This created chaos in my mind. Forever. The idea that cinema could be this deranged parade of insanity, with characters showing off their ferocious humanity, their tragedy and humour and violence and tenderness in a incendiary ongoing opera, this idea was absolutelly revolutionary. It changed me. The premise of this movie is, in itself, brilliant. And I refrain from refer to it, lest one viewer still has not seen it.
A bonkers, freewheeling satirical epic with a serious core. One of the few films that seems to have been triumphantly cast out of the contemporary world and which the classical cinema would have been unable to accomplish and perhaps unwilling to even try.
one of the weirdest,and funniest movie i've seen in years,though sometimes i feel the runnig time are too long,but still,a great movie,especially the second half. Delicatessen seems like pretty normal compared to this one.
I have read that kusturica influenced by renoir . When I see slow camera movements , I believed that is true.The main role of camera is simple . Firstly it focuses several people' bodies when they are talking about something at that time, then it moves more larger plan slowly .there is always an action in background. İn every scene , every plan. there is no empty background. for this reason there are dynamic images.
Hilarious and epic. Probably a lot of references that flew over my head due to lack of sufficient knowledge of the political climate in the former Yugoslavia. Still quite a feast for the eyes that I meant to re-watch but still haven't.