A Companion to Eastern European Cinemas by Anikó Imre

By Anikó Imre

A significant other to jap eu Cinemas showcases twenty-five essays written by way of validated and rising movie students that hint the heritage of jap ecu cinemas and supply an up to date evaluation of post-socialist movie cultures.

  • Showcases severe ancient paintings and updated tests of post-socialist movie cultures
  • Features attention of lesser recognized components of analysis, resembling Albanian and Baltic cinemas, renowned style movies, cross-national distribution and aesthetics, animation and documentary
  • Places the cinemas of the zone in a ecu and worldwide context
  • Resists the chilly warfare class of japanese eu cinemas as “other” paintings cinemas through reconnecting them with the most circulate of movie studies
  • Includes dialogue of such movies as Taxidermia, El Perro Negro, 12:08 East of Bucharest monstrous Tõll, and Breakfast at the Grass and explores the paintings of administrators together with Tamás Almási, Walerian Borowczyk, Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej ?u?awski, and Karel Vachek among many others

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When he next returns he finds a new tableau of body horror, an obscene spectacle of excess. Kálmán lies dead, his belly burst open. His bloody entrails extend in a trail outwards from his body; they are strewn across the floor like so many sausages. Maybe his bowels exploded from the stress of junk food overload, or maybe the hungry cats attacked him. In any case, the animals have eaten parts of his body. Lajos, however, is unfazed by his discovery. He calmly responds, in the way he knows best: with the art of taxidermy.

However, all is not well in this Socialist paradise. Gizi sneaks out during the wedding celebration to have sex with another speed-eater, Kálmán’s rival. After the marriage, Gizi becomes pregnant, much to Kálmán’s delight, as he assumes he is the father. The doctor orders Gizi to go on a strict all-vegetable diet, but he relents after Kálmán passes him a bribe: everything is negotiable in actually existing socialism, as long as you have the perks and privileges to pay for what you want. The gynecologist marks down Gizi’s condition as a uterine myoma (a nonmalignant tumor), so that she may continue her usual speed-eating regime.

He sits in his chair watching speed-eating contests on television and devouring the candy bars that Lajos brings him without even bothering to remove them from their wrappers. He alternately feels sorry for himself and boasts that he is still the champion he once was. His only remaining passion in life seems to be to fatten his cats and train them in speed-eating. He has them locked in a cage where they are fed exclusively with the margarine purchased by Lajos, and they are always growling angrily from behind the bars.

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