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Papierové hlavy
Paper Heads

Author(s): Martin Palúch
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Ústav divadelnej a filmovej vedy SAV

Summary/Abstract: The latest film by the Slovak director Dusan Hanak named Paper Heads (1995) represents a singular and particularly courageous penetration into the historical period marked by the communist totality in former Czechoslovakia. A multinational co-production project is plotting the problem of freedom and restriction or compulsion, the relation of a national to a totalitarian regime. The film had been developed several years and Hanak concentrated on the emotional authors witness constructed on the basis of an edited document. The final form of a documentary film is composed of declassified archive materials and produced passages, which are overlapping into the post-socialist presence. Hanak is working with the archive material using the principle of its transformation into authors witness shape. He is focusing on an audiovisual counterpoint, on a contradicting effect of a picture and sound. He is using the principles of a dialectic assembly, when two consequent pictures within its consecutiveness by the power of linkage, create a new independent picture. It originates mainly by the contrast between propagandistic archive material and authentic witness of communist regime victims.

  • Issue Year: 53/2005
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 337-343
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Slovak