Archive of films The Old Man and the Land / Senis ir žemė

Lithuania
1965, 20 min

Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

  1K2 Friday 29/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
  321 Sunday 1/7 9:30 Small Hall
  922 Saturday 7/7 12:30 Small Hall
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The Old Man and the Land is considered one of the iconic early features of Lithuanian poetic documentary cinema. Documentaries and newsreels of the time were expected to show country folk rejoicing in their improving Soviet existence. The hero of Verba’s film is different. Verba created a unique profile of a genuine man from an old Lithuanian (as opposed to Soviet) village.


Synopsis

The Old Man and the Land by Robertas Verba is considered one of the iconic early features of Lithuanian poetic documentary cinema. Documentaries and newsreels of the time were expected to show country folk rejoicing in their improving Soviet existence and in the new achievements in collective farming, their experiences usually conveyed by voiceover narration. The hero of Verba’s film, a white-mustached old man, is different. By allowing his subject to speak for himself, to narrate his own life story, including its woes, and to talk about his children and the love he feels for his wife, Verba created a unique profile of a genuine man from an old Lithuanian (as opposed to Soviet) village.

Elena Jasiūnaitė

About the director

Robertas Verba (1932–1994). Selected filmography: The Old Man and the Land (Senis ir Žemė, 1965), Vincas Svirskis (1967), Čiūtyta rūta (1968), The Dreams of the Centenarians (Šimtamečių godos, 1969), To the Feast (Šventėn, 1970), Love Bloomed on Sunday (Meilė pražydo sekmadienį, 1976), Wings of Lituanica (Lituanikos sparnai, 1983)

Contacts

Lithuanian Film Centre
Zigmanto Sierakausko st. 15, 03105, Vilnius
Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 213 0547
E-mail: info@lkc.lt
www: www.lkc.lt

About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
   
Director: Robertas Verba
Screenplay: Grigorijus Kanovičius, Vytautas Rimkevičius, Robertas Verba
Dir. of Photography: Vladimiras Kostiugovas, Robertas Verba
Music: Algimantas Apanavičius
Editor: Vytenis Imbrasas
Production: Lithuanian Film Studio
Sales: Lithuanian Film Centre

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