Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Visual Diary: Time of the Gypsies/ Dom za vešanje (1988) Emir Kusturica

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

If you are not familiar with Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica's work then think again. Johnny Depp fans will have seen the film Arizona Dream (1993) - well this is a Kusturica film. I remember watching Arizona Dream years and years ago and thinking... what the hell? It is a quirky film that deals with this narrative technique of concocting a perfect dose of magic with realism. Kusturica has a knack for the whimsical at the same extent as say... Michel Gondry does kitsch so well. But it did not begin with Arizona Dream per se. This fine line between the imaginary and the real is noticed in Kusturica's earlier films such as Do You Remember Dolly Bell?/Sjećaš li se Dolly Bell (1982). And might I add it is a very 'in vogue' topic of discussion within cinematic critical inquiry today, whereupon the question of where we separate the unexplained and the supernatural from reality, is often posed. Time of the Gypsies uses such critical elements to explore the life of a teenage Romani boy and the hardships he encounters on his journey to adulthood via the otherworldly powers he possesses. 

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