Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

Sunday, 29 May

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

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LOVE AFFAIR, OR THE CASE OF THE MISSING SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR *  1967 * (Ljubavni slučaj / ili tragedija službenice P.T.T.) * Directed by Dušan Makavejev * 68 minutes * In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles
doors open at 20:00, film starts at 20:30.

Once again we will be screening another early film by the amazing Dušan Makavejev. In outline, this is the story of the romance between a young telephonist and a middle-aged rat exterminator that goes haywire. Yet in Dušan Makavejev’s hands, this film isn't just a strange story, but becomes an innovative, free-form exploration on the themes of love and freedom... laying the groundwork for a razor-sharp look at relationships in sixties Belgrade. Breaking away from traditional ideas of narrative storytelling, the film often shifts away, for example, to interviews with a sexologist and a criminologist giving their crazed opinions... or suddenly we find ourselves listening to a poem about exterminating rats. This film is based on a true story, and includes some of the most elegant dramatic filmmaking of the director’s career.

A free-wheeling movie that mixes romance and satire, documentary footage, melodrama and tragedy. And as always with Makavejev, what we are left with is a bizarre cocktail of Yugoslavian-styled surrealism. This is a true cinema of the imagination. It's one of the crucial films from the Eastern block in the 60s, and it's a very rare screening, so I hope to see you there!

This will be a high-definition screening. 


Date & Time: 

Sunday, 29 May, 2022 - 20:30


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Joe's Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43
1092 EZ Amsterdam


Train station Amsterdam Muiderpoort, 10 minutes walk --- Metro station Wibaustraat, 15 minutes walk --- Tram 19 or Bus 41, Bus/tramhalte: Oostpoort, 1 minute walk


Presently squatted

Since June 2005, Joe's Garage is an autonomous squatted political social center, a meeting place in the Transvaal neighborhood for squatters and non-squatters, subsidy free, not for profit, self-organized and entirely run by volunteers.


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opening times: 

(from October 2022):
Monday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu
Tuesday: 13-15:30, Give Away Shop
Tuesday: 19-20:30, Kraakspreekuur Oost
Wednesday: 18-22:00, Proxy Cafe or Esperanto workshop
Thursday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu
Friday: 19:00 Aman molli: Practice of Modal music
Saturday: 14-18, Give Away Shop and Seed Swap
Sunday: 20:30, Movie night
Every 2nd sunday of the month, 18:00-19:30, Joe's Garage open assembly

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.


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opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.