'THE CYCLIC TIME' AND A RELATION OF A FILM UNDERGROUND TO A SERBIAN POLITICAL ETHNO - MYTH
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In her analysis of Kusturica's film 'Underground', the authoress is dealing with perception of a Balkan 'spirit', which connects 'naturalism' with spontaneity and authenticity, but also with resistence, enabling to endure endless violance. The symbols of vigorousness and resistance are in 'Underground' understood like moral and ambivalent, and instead of a general Balkan spirit, are derived from the history of the Serbian guerilla rebellion. These are constantly exhausting and at the same time naturalistic labels, however not understood to be ancient in the original meaning of the word. The authoress is documenting that if Kusturica urges on certain traits as the sediments of the particular historical events, he has still not been entirely retreating from Balkanism. His vigorousness, 'boisterousness', 'naturalism' which have been until now mentioned by lots of his foreign and domestic fans, and which are in the film 'Underground' given a free passage, especially in the long scene of a wedding ceremony, are pictured by Kusturica using a demostrative irony. These features are predominantly atributs of the manners making the Balkanians traditionally 'different', for 'Europe' for the way of organizing their entertainment - ritualized in the specific ways of a fun and a relaxation. Emir Kusturica (equally with 'Underground' co-screenwriter Dusan Kovacevic) is not intending just to deny or insecure Balkan premises, but above all to consistently nuance them.
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