The Deserter and the Nomads (1968)

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    Rating: 7.3/10 (25 votes)
    Runtime: 120 min
    Language: Slovak | Czech
    Country: Italy | Czechoslovakia
    Color: Color

    Description: An apocalyptic story of three wars in three film tales encompassing the end of the WWI,WWII, as well as a vision of the world destroyed by nuclear weapons. This film was honored at the film festivals in Venice and Sorrento. Immediately after that the copy with Italian subtitles was locked in a safe as evidence of the anti-communist activities of the director, who used real footage of the Soviet invasion. J.Jakubisko: "The only film I couldn't make any better."

    THE DESERTER (segment I) A film against violence. A young soldier escapes from the horror of battlefield towards his country village, only to find violence there too, symbolised by the bloody killing of a pig. SUNDAY (segment II) Czechoslovakia during World War II. A farm is occupied by Russian partisans trying to sabotage Nazi troops in the neighbourhood. An itinerant egg seller is shot by the Russians as a spy. News arrive that the war is over. A German patrol enters the village and engages the Russians in a bloody battle. The film episode ends with a sequence showing the return of Soviet tanks to Czechoslovakia. THE NOMADS (segment III) Nuclear war is apparently raging on the earth. A handful of people including a young girl, all in rags or completely naked are in a fall-out shelter. The "White Hussar" (from segment 1) is there too and says he is Death. The girl wants to protect him from the others who want to get rid of him, and in exchange he leads her to the surface of the Earth which is denuded of any trace of life. The girl dies in a deserted windmill. The old man continues his search for people but soon he, too, dies. -- BFI

    Zbehovia a pútnici (The Deserter and the Nomads) is a fascinating surrealist (it draws comparisons with Federico Fellini, Miklos Jancso, Emir Kusturica) view of three different historical eras in the country. The film, almost inevitably, incurred the wrath of the country’s rulers with its critical views. Its local audience clearly understood many of the references that a non-Slovak audience would miss. For example, in the sequence at the end of the war, some foreign soldiers are seen wearing four or five wristwatches at once – for the Slovaks a reminder of the way the “liberating” Soviet soldiers had helped themselves when they arrived in the country.

    The film did have some screenings in the west (including at the London Film Festival in 1969), largely because it had been a Slovak-Italian co-production and the Italian co-producers did have copies. But it was practically the last time that Jakubisco would have that degree of freedom in his filmmaking and he did not get a chance to make another theatrical feature until the end of the 1970s. - Senses of cinema

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    This is VHSrip of not very good quality with italian subs hardcoded. This is only version which survived. English subs enclosed
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