OBRAZ GEOGRAFICKO-HISTORICKÉHO POVEDOMIA V SLOVENSKÝCH KINOFILMOCH O OBDOBÍ 1938 – 1945
Portrayal of geographical-historical awareness in Slovak films set in 1938 – 1945
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This text is a chapter from a more extensive work about the portrayal or narrative of the Slovak State as it was presented by domestic feature films. Despite the fact that a portrayal of the past was long almost impossible due to ideological restrictions, several films attempted a more realistic portrayal of the war situation which, however, did not concern the past’s look at its past or geographical-historical awareness. The considerable absence of historical and geopolitical context in the films under survey might have been related not only to the regime under which they were made, but also to authors’ self-censorship, which restricted the opening of real historical and geostrategic links. This text presents fragmentary or hidden motifs of the wider and deeper historical and political ties of the then past as they were portrayed in some films (especially in Private War [Súkromná vojna] and Path Across the Danube [Chodník cez Dunaj]). These are put in contrast with ideologically limited portrayals of the period’s historical one-dimensionality.
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