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Dušan Makavejev : A Hole in the Soul

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Epsiode 4 of 6 - Director's Place Series

Makvejev's last film A Hole in the Soul is a rarely seen, hard to obtain self-portrait by the Serbian Avant-Garde. His groundbreaking work was produced during the 1960-70s Yugoslav Black Wave. Famous tites are WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971), Innocence Unprotected (1968).

Part autobiography, part meditation on a his struggle of national identity, this triptych documentary illustrates how his homeland's violent demise has left him feeling robbed of his soul.

With excerpts from: Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (1967); Innocence Unprotected (1968); WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971); Sweet Movie (1974); Boy and the Bridge (McClory, 1959).

An invaluable resource to understand the man and his work.
Available as part of a 6 DVD Series with a 20% collection discount.

Other titles in the series:
1. Lindsay Anderson: Is That All There Is?
2. Susan Seidelman: Confessions of a Suburban Girl
3. Bertrand Tavernier: Lyon, Inside Out
5. John Boorman: I Dreamt I Woke Up
6. Nagisa Oshima: Kyoto, My Mother's Place

Read more about the Yugoslav Black Wave.

"Makavejev addressed Yugoslavia's dissolution in his last film, Hole in the Soul (1994) -- an hourlong autobiographical work made for the BBC. Hole in the Soul has all the hallmarks of a Makavejev film. Juxtapositions and leaps in form abound. Couplets about his happy early childhood in Belgrade jostle with bleak accounts of America's soulless movie industry. A chilly cruise on the Sava River in Belgrade in the company of rock musician Rambo Amadeus ends with Makavejev stating his desire to make a film called Yugoslavia.
The world never got Yugoslavia, so Makavejev must have never gotten any backers. But Hole in the Soul hints in flashes at the film Makavejev might have made: there are blackly humoristic accounts of street protests against the rule of Slobodan Milosevic.
And there's footage of handsome youths diving into the Neretva River from a famous and beautiful Ottoman bridge in Mostar, juxtaposed with video of that same bridge as it is destroyed by Croatian artillery in 1993."

Richard Byrne, The Nation (see article)

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