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Movies and Film: Other Eastern Bloc-Busters

Other Eastern Bloc-Busters

The following films are some of the best and most representative works of Eastern Europe's film industry:

  • Erotikon (1929). An early and terrific example of Czech cinema and of erotic film.
  • The Round-Up (Szegnylegyek, 1965). Miklncs's Hungarian period piece about the nineteenth-century torture and coercion of peasants is also visually haunting.
  • The Fireman's Ball (Hor, m panenko, 1967). This early Milos Forman Czech film is a thinly disguised allegory of the absurdity of authoritarianism. It's also hilariously funny, even slapstick at times.
  • The Man of Iron (Czlowiek z zelaza, 1981). Andrzej Wajda's film homage to the Polish Solidarity movement that mixes footage of actual striking workers a decade earlier to provide a sort of prehistory of Solidarity.

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies and Film 2001 by Mark Winokur and Bruce Holsinger. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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