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Underground

Direction
Year
1972
Country
  • Czech Republic
Runtime
22min
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One of Ságl’s few non-documentary films captures the underground scene in one static shot showing a never-ending mass of people emerging from the escalator in the Prague metro. Although it is clearly a structural film – a fixed composition with several layers of motion – Ságl also uses it to explore social issues. The mass of commuters is carried forward by a seemingly unstoppable force without any chance of escaping the flow of people – an image of early Normalization in the 1970s. The film was repeatedly projected as a visual accompaniment to concerts by the Plastic People.

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  • Original Title
    Underground
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Jan Ságl
  • Editing
    Jan Ságl
  • Runtime
    22 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
    1972
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Jihlava IDFF 2016

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