Juraj Jakubisko

6.7 The Years of Christ (1967)
6.9 Deserters and Pilgrims (1968)
7.0 Birds Orphans and Fools (1969)
6.0 The Millennial Bee (1983)
6.5 See You in Hell Friends (1990)
6.5 It is Better to be Rich and Healthy than Poor and Sick (1992)
6.5 An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World (1997)
6.5 Sitting on a Branch Enjoying Myself (1989)

The Slovak filmmaker Juraj Jakubisko (Czechoslovakia, 1938), the "Slovak Fellini", debuted with several experimental short films before directing Kristove Roky/ The Years of Christ/ Crucial Years (1967), about the existential crisis of a young man, perhaps an eccentric autobiography which also stood as a statement about his generation.

Zbehovia a Putnici/ Deserters and Pilgrims (1968), un trittico violentemente espressionista di racconti di guerra sul tema della morte; tre ballate che fondono sapori barocchi, espressionisti, bergmaniani, in un'esuberanza visiva che conferisce ai simboli angosciosi significati. La violenza delle immagini devasta il tessuto di leggenda popolare.

La morte che, in uniforme austroungarica, insegue uno zingaro fuggito dal fronte e profondamente scosso dall'orrore del sangue; il disertore si unisce ad altri sbandati (soldati, prostitute, mutilati) con propositi positivi, ma presto gli abitanti della comune si danno a bestialità selvagge finchè finiscono tutti uccisi dagli ussari accorsi per riportare l'ordine. La morte che vaga moribonda nel paesaggio desolato del pianeta distrutto da una guerra atomica.

Vtackovia Sirotj a Blavnovia/ Birds Orphans and Fools (1969) is an equally brutal apologue of the apocalypse, confirming Jakubisko's anarchic thrust, a surrealistic phantasmagoria that follows the misadventures of three "orphans of the twentieth century".

After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, he was marginalized and only made documentaries for a decade.

Dovidenia v Pekle Priatelia/ See You in Hell Friends (1990) was started in 1968 but completed only 22 years later, an allegorical tale overflowing with symbols. Tri Vrecia Cementu a živý Kohut/ Three Sacks of Cement and a Live Rooster (1976) was not released for two years, and Postav Dom Zasad Strom/ Build a House Plant a Tree (1979), the rare case in which Jakubisko didn't write the script, was banned altogether.

Nevera po Slovensky (1980) is a comedy in three parts.

Tisicrocna Vcela/ The Millennial Bee (1983) is a vast adaptation of Peter Jaros' family saga from the turn of the century to the end of World War II.

After two children's films Perinbaba (1985) and Pehavý Max a Strasidla/ Freckled Max and the Scarecrows (1987), and Takmer Ruzový Pribeh/ Almost a Pink Story (1990) for television, he directed Lepsi je Být Bohatý a Zdravý Nez Chudý a Nemocný/ It is Better to be Rich and Healthy than Poor and Sick (1992), a satire about greed in post-communist society (two women who used to be on the opposite side of politics, one a communist and the other one a dissident, join together to get rich).

Nejasna Zprava o Konci Sveta/ An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World (1997) is a typical allegorical moral tale, a parable about the sinister forces of human nature.

Sedim na Konari a je mi Dobre/ Sitting on a Branch Enjoying Myself (1989) is a fairy tale about two war veterans and a Jewish girl, a survivor of the concentration camp, struggling to survive the peace under communism.

His last films were: Post Coitum (2004), a mosaic of episodes about entangled love stories, the historical biopic Bathory (2008), and the children's film Perinbaba a Dva Svety (2023).

Juraj Jakubisko died in 2023.

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