Friday, November 16, 2012

Visual Diary: From Yugoslavia with Love

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Dušan Makavejev's 'Sweet Movie' (1974)

You ain't seen nothing, until you've watched a Black New Wave film.... But before you decide to quickly judge the images below in a negative manner, it is important to remain open minded. Makavejev uses phallic images throughout his films to stand for the essence of dictatorship throughout Eastern Europe's communist history. Sex is another recurring motif playfully and sometimes dangerously portrayed by the auteur to represent death - the final image in this series is a reference to the Kachyn Forest massacre. Film scholar, Dina Iordanova speaks more fluently about the metaphors in a documentary featured on the Criterion Collection edition of the film.