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Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

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Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)
731.7 MB | 0:45:24 | Georgian with Eng.+ FR s/t | XviD, 1970 Kb/s | 624x464

This short film, from Iosseliani's apprentice years during the Soviet era in his native Georgia, is a charming, humorous, yet barbed, contemporary fable of modern life and traditional values. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0247184/usercomments)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

It shows the age-old tension between the tender intimacy of young love and the blundering officiousness of serious adult society. Along the way it shows the public mobilization of Labour in conflict with the private need for space in which to cultivate the personal, be it physical or musical culture, or the mutual rapture of intimacy. Indeed, the film may be said to deplore the increasing 'meuble-isation' of Soviet society, as its 'embourgement' proceeds apace to stuff the clean modern apartments of the new worker's housing development with heavy black furniture and fragile glass ornaments.

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

As little old men dressed in dingy black overalls and flat caps begin to infest the streets and corridors of the lover's home town with the increasingly distracting noise and bustle of unwanted deliveries of unwanted, ugly, old-fashioned, furniture, Iosselliani's whimsical yet shrewd penchant for Tati-esquire comedy is given much scope. But there is a native Georgian poetry in his heart, also.

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

The young couple move into one of the new apartments, and are delighted with its clean, uncluttered modernity: All the modern conveniences of daily living, such as the running water on tap in the kitchen, the large gas-range, and the electric light are welcomed with the same innocent wonder as the traditional beauties of Georgian nature, in which the lovers originally had their tryst. Indeed, so magical are these socialist goods, that the bulb lights, the water flows, and the gas rings leap with flame merely in sympathetic response to the lover's desire!

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

But all soon goes wrong, as the couple sit, alienated from each other, in their now hopelessly cluttered flat, by the obstacle of possessions, with a jail-like array of locks and padlocks and chains and bolts on the entrance to secure the imposed paranoia of this materialist burden. No longer do the bulb, the gas, and the water glow and dance and sparkle at will for them!

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Sadly, the ancient tree, where lovers must have met for generations before ours were born and came to meet there themselves in happier days, is chopped down by the little, Kafkaesque, human furniture-beetles, in order to inflict yet more hideous appurtenances of an uncomfortable existence on the already cramped lives of the people.

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

However, in a joyous rebellion against all such pointless and restricting formalism, whereby the most trivial details of private life have somehow been unsympathetically dictated without any prior consultation, the inhabitants begin throwing their furniture out of the windows, satisfactorily reducing it to matchwood below! (The Soviet censors took a dim view of such anti-social waste.)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Even the young Iosselliani has a wonderfully keen eye, and there are wonderful scenes, both comic and piquant. He also possesses a remarkable cinematic intelligence, demonstrating here a superb technical finesse in the construction and cinematography of his film. The use of sound, in what is essentially an example of 'Cinema muto,' is particularly brilliant, and orchestrated to a degree that again puts us in mind of Tati. The use of people as mimes of the director's intentions, rather than as actors in their own right, is also reminiscent of Tati's approach to film performance.

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

The whole effect is dreamlike and magical, leaving one with the sense only folk-tales can give, of having recollected the story from somewhere - perhaps one's earliest years - and never really forgotten it. There is a timelessness in the world Iosselliani has conjured up here which has been patiently awaiting our return to consciousness of it. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0247184/usercomments)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)







A propos des films de Otar Iosseliani
Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)

A propos des films de Otar Iosseliani
94.6 MB | 0:09:38 | Russian with Eng.+ FR s/t | XviD, 1210 Kb/s | 720x544
Commentary on Iosseliani by Naum Kleiman, Director of the Moscow Cinema Museum.


Otar Iosseliani-Aprili (1961)