• Carson Joiner

    ★★★★½ Watched by Carson Joiner 23 Sep, 2014

    "We're all crazy Natalija. We just haven't been diagnosed yet."

    Winner Palme d'Or 1995

    Having never seen a film by Emir Kusturica, I had no idea what to expect out of Underground. All that I knew was that it had won the Palme d'Or in 1995, and that it was highly rated on Letterboxd as well as IMDB. I was a little concerned when I realized that it was a three hour long comedy, thinking that surely the jokes would…

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  • gearinger

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by gearinger 21 Sep, 2014

    Epic, absurd, meta, haunting, joyous allegory

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  • Alex Kittle

    ★★★½ Watched by Alex Kittle 06 Sep, 2014

    Very darkly funny satire that ends up strangely touching, mostly the whole thing is just a weird historical commentary whose political complexities were largely lost on me because I don't have a strong grasp of Yugoslavian history. Loved the visuals and bizarre premise, and the surreal, impressively layered blend of fact and fiction, but the main characters were mostly so unlikable that it wasn't always an engaging story to watch. I recognize it is an important piece of Cold War-specific…

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  • sbat86

    ★★★★ Watched by sbat86 17 Aug, 2014

    A strange and wonderful film about the horrors of war and the resilience of people. Manages to blend the sensibilities of both Kafka and Fellini backed by a lively Eastern European brass band. I'll admit I was pretty befuddled by the whole thing for the first hour but around the time the film within a film sequence began I gave myself over to its absurdities. A shame the director's films aren't more widely available in the US but maybe Criterion will get on that eventually.

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  • Samir Lukka

    ★★★★ Added by Samir Lukka

    The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. Sourec: [IMDB]

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  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★★½ Added by SJHoneywell

    Funny, cruel, and weird.
    It's also quite sexual.
    Those darn nutty Slavs!

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  • chujus

    ★★★★★ Added by chujus

    This is pretty much the perfect film. The be-all, end-all. It's got everything you could possibly want: Drama, war, love, humor, special effects, superb cinematography, amazing music, terrific actors, meta references, elements of surrealism... I rewatch it every year or so and to say I find a new thing on every occassion would be a grand understatement. I absolutely adore this film.

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  • zuhair vazir

    ★★★★½ Added by zuhair vazir

    Very few films come across as ferociously politically incorrect as 'Underground (Podzemlje)'. In the beginning we witness Belgrade being torn apart in the wake of WWI (1928), through the laconic eyes of Serbian director Emir Kusturica. To have a voracious appetite for film, in way of brilliant execution, of this war-child is commendable.
    To understand and appreciate the film in its entirety; the tongue-in-cheek; the slapstick; the histrionics of the Yugoslavian war and theater together, we must know the history…

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  • lavrego

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by lavrego 04 Jun, 2014

    Encantame! Interpretacions esquizofrenicas, bañadas en música da leal banda e as danzas etílicas.

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  • Dragonknight

    ★★★★ Watched by Dragonknight 30 May, 2014 6

    Film #62 of Project 90

    ”Our whole life is a lie.”

    Emir Kusturica’s Palm d’Or winning film is all about search: search for friendship, search for the loved ones and most importantly search for the spirit that once connected the people of a great country to each other. Kusturica moves from comic surrealism to tragic realism and mixes social and political commentary with fantasy to create a wonderful piece of cinema which is about a country and its people and…

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  • Robert Beksinski

    ★★★½ Watched by Robert Beksinski 27 May, 2014

    This was unexpected but in a negative way. Not too negative obviously but so far I have really liked and enjoyed every Emir Kusturica film I have seen so far. So how come when I approach what many consider his magnum opus that I feel "underwhelmed". This is no good, now as a disclaimer I will say I believe I watched a cut version at 2 hours 43 minutes (well I guess this is the version most people have seen…

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  • Tadas

    ★★★★ Watched by Tadas 21 Apr, 2014

    Complete madness. Reminds me of.. nothing. Truly one of a kind that has to be on my 'to rewatch sometime in the future for a better understanding' list.

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