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LRB Screen: Dušan Hanák's Pictures of the Old World

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'One of the greatest works of documentary cinema' - Peter Hames

'The two directors who come to mind while watching Pictures of the Old World are Chris Marker and Pier Paolo Pasolini... The way Pasolini filmed the faces of real people with all their supposed aesthetic defects as a way to question what we would coin as 'beauty' is also adopted here... these images only add to the film's bracing sense of existential gravity. Exceptional.' - David Jenkins, Little White Lies

Dušan Hanák's renowned film was voted by critics as the best Slovak film of all time. Inspired by the photographs of Slovak artist Martin Martinček (1913–2004) whose pictures distilled entire lifetimes into luminous and intransient images, Hanák created his own distinctive impressions of the artist's work in reflecting a myriad of human stories. At odds with the Communist propaganda of the time, the authorities withdrew the film from release and it remained condemned and banned for many years. Hanák's film, however, is not political or polemical but explores much more fundamental levels of human experience. Its power and beauty lie in its unique portrait of a people left behind by the modern world. A singular and shattering film.

This screening is hosted by Gareth Evans, film curator of the Whitechapel Gallery. With thanks to Second Run DVD.

Running time: 64 mins

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