Date: 25 January 2023 (ended)
Section: AT THE MARGINS, BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES: THE FRINGES OF CZECH AND SLOVAK CINEMA
Location: Teatro Miela
Piazza Luigi Amedeo Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, 34132 Trieste TS
|FESTIVAL PASS TRIESTE and/or MYMOVIES|
(La terra canta / The Earth Sings)
Cecoslovacchia / Czechoslovakia
1933, 35mm, b-n / b-w, 62’
v.o. slovacca / Slovak o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Karel Plicka, Ján Smrek. Fotografia / Photography: Karel Plicka. Montaggio / Editing: Alexander Hackenschmied. Musica / Music: František Škvor. Suono / Sound: Josef Zora. Produzione / Produced by: Ladislav Kolda, Matica Slovenská.
Spring, summer, autumn and winter. Natural cycle of life forms a narrative foundation for an ethnographic documentary about Slovakia’s countryside set in the 1930s. Age-old folklore traditions, plays, rites, ceremonies and festivities. Combining music, songs and dances, this visual poem presents man in tune with nature, with strong connection to the land. To the land that sings.
As a researcher of the Ethnographic Department of the Matica slovenská national linguistic and cultural organization, Karel Plicka made numerous field trips collecting Slovak folklore material [1924-38]. He set up an archive of documentary photographs and made his first two documentary films – Za slovenským ľudom in 1928 (Following the Slovak People) and Po horách, po dolách (Over Mountains, Over Valleys) in 1929. With the collaboration of film editor Alexandr Hackenschmied and the Lloydfilm company based in the Czech city of Brno, he made Zem spieva (The Land Sings) in 1933. The film earned significant international recognition.
Ethnographer, musicologist, photographer, documentary filmmaker, and pedagogue, Karel Plicka was born in Vienna in 1894. He contributed to the development of Slovak national film production, and taught film directing and photography. In 1946, he was the first Dean of the FAMU Film School and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He died in Prague in 1987.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1928 Za slovenským ľudom (Following the Slovak People) 1929 Po horách, po dolách (Over Mountains, Over Valleys) 1933 Zem spieva (La terra canta / The Land Sings) 1937 Za Slovákmi od New Yorku po Mississippi (Following the Slovaks from New York to Mississippi); Prezident republiky dr. Eduard Beneš u nás (The Visit of President Dr. Eduard Beneš) 1941 Věčná píseň (Eternal Song) 1943 Barokní Praha (Baroque Prague)