Saturday, April 03, 2010

Black Wave

A DVD included with The Believer’s 2010 Film Issue — currently on newsstands — contains a revelatory collection of short films by Karpo Godina, a leading figure in the movement once known as the Yugoslavian Black Wave. Taking off from the almost inherently surreal nature of their cobbled-together country, filmmakers like Dusan Makavejev, Aleksandar Petrovic and Zelimir Zilnik (whose 1969 “Early Works” was photographed by Mr. Godina) composed erotic, unruly and sardonic films, often with strong anti-authoritarian subtexts, that earned prizes at foreign film festivals and official opprobrium at home.

Read more of Dave Kehr on the Believer's Godina DVD at the NYT.



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