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Favorite Eastern European Movies?


Preferably 1930-70s. I haven't seen too many, but they are very personal. Very conversational, usually in a few settings. I saw one with only 2 characters - which is really awesome. I can't explain why I love them so much.

I'll name a few now, and more some after - I don't want to load the sample, and I'm curious to see if anyone's matches mine.

-Two Half-Times in Hell
-The Fifth Seal
-Knife In The Water
-The Last Day of Summer
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The Saragossa Manuscript, Poland, 1965. Based on the 1815 novel by Jan Potocki. Layer upon layer upon layer....morbidity, gothicism, sex. The Spanish soldier is seduced by two beautiful Moorish princesses, who implore him to embrace Islam and let them bear his children. Each time he refuses, he is hurtled back through time and finds himself below a (loaded) gallows. And a new adventure begins. Jerry Garcia bought the rights to this!

Lemonade Joe, Czech, 1964. Extremely funny parody of US westerns, featuring a clean-living hero who attempts to turn a hard-drinking frontier town into teetotalers.
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I'm fond of this one.
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I'm fond of this one.
I prefer the epic tale of Jozin Z Bazin.
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The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (Vynález zkázy). An adaptation of a Jules Verne novel that was designed to look like the illustrations of his book.
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The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (Vynález zkázy). An adaptation of a Jules Verne novel that was designed to look like the illustrations of his book.

Pretty much anything made by Karel Zeman is worth watching, including The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Baron Prásil, 1962) and The Stolen Airship (Ukradená vzducholod, 1967).



From Finland, The White Reindeer (Valkoinen peura, 1952), an eerie and surreal "folk horror" story.


From Russia, Planeta burg (1962), generally intelligent sci-fi with a cool robot and some cheesy elements. Theme: Man is necessary and more reliable than machines.
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The Soviet versions of War and Peace and Crime and Punishment.

All of the movies directed by Eldar Ryazanov and featuring his stable of actors: Watch Out for Cars, Carnival Night, An Office Romance, Forgotten Melody for Flute, The Garage, The Irony of Fate, A Train Station for Two, A Cruel Romance, and many others.
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Preferably 1930-70s
Sorry, that predates my favourite films, which would be 80s Emir Kusturica films like When Father Was Away on Business and Time of the Gypsies
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Neco z Alenky, by Jan Švankmajer.

It combines several things I love...Alice in Wonderland, weird, dark shit, and stop motion animation.
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Siberiade and Andrei Rublev.

And, in a guilty-pleasure sense, W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism. Wilhelm Reich vs. Stalin!
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I clicked thread title to say I only remember watching one Eastern European movie (which makes it my favorite automatically!) but right there in OP ...
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-Knife In The Water
I've seen that one! But liked it much less than "my favorite": a Czech film from the 1960's about the beginnings of the Holocaust. The film's name was probably Obchod na korze / The shop on Main Street.

I only watched it once, almost a half-century ago, but it made a powerful impression on me. I asked at SDMB for the film's title, got a prompt and correct response! ... but I'm afraid I've forgotten it again. (Google does show many SDMB recommendations for The shop on Main Street.)
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Viy (1967) is a Russian occult-folk tale horror movie, set in medieval peasant times.
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I clicked thread title to say I only remember watching one Eastern European movie (which makes it my favorite automatically!) but right there in OP ...

I've seen that one! But liked it much less than "my favorite": a Czech film from the 1960's about the beginnings of the Holocaust. The film's name was probably Obchod na korze / The shop on Main Street.

I only watched it once, almost a half-century ago, but it made a powerful impression on me. I asked at SDMB for the film's title, got a prompt and correct response! ... but I'm afraid I've forgotten it again. (Google does show many SDMB recommendations for The shop on Main Street.)
The Shop On Main Street is great. Don't know how I forgot that one. Great story.
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Lemonade Joe, Czech, 1964. Extremely funny parody of US westerns, featuring a clean-living hero who attempts to turn a hard-drinking frontier town into teetotalers.
I also loved that film.

Eastern Europe includes Russia/USSR, right? Alexander Nevsky by Eisenstein is my favorite film of his. The imagery is amazing. And a great WWII propaganda film ... made in 1938. People knew what was coming.
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Nobody mentioned "Come and See", the hard hitting Byelorussian war movie, with the Germans doing scorched earth on villages as they retreat across the country?
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Anyway, does Polish count? Kieślowski’s Blue, Red, and White.
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If we're counting the Soviet Union, there's their version of Don Quixote. It's one of the better adaptations and it's especially fun to hear everyone saying "Don Quixote de la Mancheski."

There's also the Oscar-winning Burnt by the Sun
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Viy (1967) is a Russian occult-folk tale horror movie, set in medieval peasant times.
It was also a short story by Nikolai Gogol. Scared the crap out of me!
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A Serbian Film. KIDDING! Jesus, don't even Google that.

I dunno about "favorite" but I enjoyed Kontroll.

There's also Tarkovsky's better efforts: Solaris and Stalker.
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Blue, Red, [/I]and White.
I spent my 25th birthday at a triple bill of those films, I had already seen Blue before, can't remember whether I'd seen the others before. There is also The Double Life of Veronique which I enjoyed, and a lot of other Kieslowski films which I haven't seen.

Years ago, when a kitchy TV version of Thomas Hardy's novel The Return of the Native was on, I said I wanted to see the 6 hour 1960s Polish film of the book, filmed in black and white on location on some damp heath, with minimal dialogue. I hope it really exists.
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H-8... (1958) Nikola Tanhofer

Not Eastern bloc, but still. It gets really frustrating if you want to see anything more recent and actually Eastern bloc. Not a lot of knowledgeable reviews in English or decent English subtitles available. Filmmakers like Szabolcs Hajdu make me wish I understood Hungarian.
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The Polish holocaust film Korczak

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099949...1?ref_=nv_sr_1

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I just saw "Edes Anna". Pretty good. 7/10
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"The Witness," directed by Peter Bacso.

It's a political satire on 1950s Stalinism in Hungary - and it was made while the communists were still in power.

The first time I saw it, I couldn't believe my eyes. How did they get away with such a scathing portrayal of the hard-line communists? And it pointedly references real-life atrocities and absurdities.

It's no wonder that this 1969 film was banned until 1981.

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"The Witness," directed by Peter Bacso.

It's a political satire on 1950s Stalinism in Hungary - and it was made while the communists were still in power.

The first time I saw it, I couldn't believe my eyes. How did they get away with such a scathing portrayal of the hard-line communists? And it pointedly references real-life atrocities and absurdities.

It's no wonder that this 1969 film was banned until 1981.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wi...Hungarian_film)
I was thinking of watching this movie today. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065067/
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No love for the classics?

Alexander Nevsky
Ivan the Terrible, Part 1
Ivan the Terrible, Part 2


Battleship Potemkin is commie agitprop, and probably responsible for more deaths than Birth of a Nation, but I must admit that it's an entertaining flick.



Would a German film set in the DDR count as East European? The Lives of Others was . . . interesting.
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Well, it was produced after the reunification, but it's about East German: Goodbye, Lenin!. It's about a woman who is a diehard Communist, but who falls into a coma and awakes after the reunification. Warned that a shock could cause another heart attack, her son works to pretend that East Berlin is still under communist control.
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Does Good Bye Lenin! count? It's German, but it's about East Germany. A woman who's a dedicated Communist in East Germany goes into a coma, and while she's unconscious, the Wall falls and Germany reunites. When she comes out of her coma, her family is afraid she'll die if she finds out about all of the changes, so they try to make her think things haven't changed.
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Would a documentary count?
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I think of those as French films with a little Polish thrown in, myself. Or I'd have listed them too, I love them.
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Sure, why not?!
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The American remake, Stingy and Battery, was inferior.

I remember liking Kontroll but the plot is fuzzy. Also if Bosnia counts as Eastern Europe, 2001 film No Man's Land.
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I think of those as French films with a little Polish thrown in, myself. Or I'd have listed them too, I love them.
Good point.

Okay, how about this? “Moon Father,” a 1999 Uzbeki film that I saw (in 1999) in Merida, Mexico, of all places (oh, wait, Uzbekistan is Central Asia, not Eastern Europe. Oh, well.)

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People find the movies of Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki either terribly funny or terrible. He has a style that I guess you could call updated, deadpan, hip Buster Keaton without the slapstick.

Leningrad Cowboys Go America is largely set in the US, I Hired A Contract Killer is set in London but Drifting Clouds is all Finland.
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A couple of Andrzej Wajda films:
Man of Marble
Man of Iron
I liked the marble one better.
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The Round-Up (1966) is really good... 8/10
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Do the films of Jan Švankmajer count? I haven't seen any of his feature-length work but his animated short films are strikingly good. His influence on the likes of Terry Gilliam and Don Hertzfeldt is obvious.
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Do the films of Jan Švankmajer count? I haven't seen any of his feature-length work but his animated short films are strikingly good. His influence on the likes of Terry Gilliam and Don Hertzfeldt is obvious.

Sure, why not? I saw a co-production yesterday, "90 Degrees In The Shade" which takes place in Eastern Europe, but its all in English, some probably dubbed.
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I liked "Black Cat, White Cat," but it's been a long time since I've seen it.
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Howzabout Who Wants to Kill Jessie? That one was pretty worthwhile, IMHO.
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My earlier mention of him wasn't discounted, so I would assume so.
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Well, it was produced after the reunification, but it's about East German: Goodbye, Lenin!. It's about a woman who is a diehard Communist, but who falls into a coma and awakes after the reunification. Warned that a shock could cause another heart attack, her son works to pretend that East Berlin is still under communist control.

Did you see "The Edukators"? It is similar, and I think even better. Same star, too, (Daniel Bruhl?).


I just saw "The Red and the White" - 7.5/10, fine movie. My only problem was not knowing all the sides, because I'm reading subtitles, and there's the pro and anti-Bolsheviks, and then you add Hungarians, and both sides speak the other language at times. It was a personal war movie. It seems like most of the movies that take place over 100 years ago spend too much effort emphasizing the dress, costumes, speech. And then I think "This was made about 10 years after the USSR invaded Hungary".
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Back to mention Peter Solan's Boxer a smrt (The Boxer and Death)(1963) which I found out today was restored by the Slovak Film Institute in 2016. I also see Wajda's Man of... films were mentioned, but at least 3 more deserve a shout out: Kanal (1957), Ashes and Diamonds (1958), and Innocent Sorcerers (1960).

These all appear on this list, which is rather decent as far as controversy-stirring lists go, especially as you've asked for older films. Generally it takes years to identify film diamonds, but this is especially the case for underappreciated Eastern Europe. Much easier to dismiss with jokes than to learn anything about.
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