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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Slnko v sieti" or "Slunce v s�ti")

 

directed by Stefan Uher
Czechoslovakia 1962

 

This Slovakian nod to Italian neo-realism - although it really looks more like Antonioni than Rossellini - a summer in the life of alienated youth Fayolo (Marián Bielik) to explore the everyday realities of Slovakian socialism. An obsessive photography, Fayolo finds little authenticity in what he sees as his girlfriend Bela's (Jana Beláková) empty sentimentality, unaware of the deep sorrow that affects her and her brother over their mother's blindness and their father's distance. He resents his father whose position amongst the intelligentsia has left him ill-favored by the party (requiring his mother to work), especially when he is urged to volunteer to work the summer harvest as it would reflect well upon his father's reputation. When Fayolo leaves the city to pick the harvest in Melenany, he not only finds purely physical romance in Jana (Olga Salagová) but also a sense of social responsibility (and a little insight into his relationship with Bela) while attempting - as a "holiday harvester" - the issues hindering the workers' ability to harvest the crops.

Eric Cotenas

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DVD Review: Second Run DVD - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Second Run DVD

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:30:09 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.82 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Slovak Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Second Run DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Video Appreciation by Peter Strickland (4:3; 11:36)
• Liner Notes Booklet by Peter Hames

DVD Release Date: 12 August 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Derived from the Slovak Film Institute's new high definition restoration (also available in Slovakia in an English-friendly edition), Second Run's dual-layer disc of THE SUN IN A NET presents an exquisite black-and-white image with crisp detail. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track is also clean and vivid (thanks to the very modern and realistic mix). The optional English subtitle translation is brand new and excellent.

Peter Strickland's appreciation is literally that: an appreciation. He lists the things he likes about the film (which he was delighted to discover while working in Slovakia in an English-friendly disc being sold at a Slovak Film Institute kiosk) and alluding to the government's reaction to what they thought was a coded criticism of socialism. Peter Hames' booklet provides a better analysis of the film, the Czech-Slovak new wave of filmmaking, the reactions to the film, and the collaborations between the writer and the director.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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