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

zondag, 29 mei

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. 


Datum & tijd: 

zondag, 29 mei, 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: Pretoriusstraat, 1 minute walk


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Sinds juni 2005 is Joe's Garage een autonoom gekraakt politiek sociaal centrum, een ontmoetingsplaats in de Transvaal buurt voor krakers en niet-krakers, subsidievrij, zonder winstoogmerk, zelf georganiseerd en volledig gerund door vrijwilligers.


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opening times: 

(Vanaf mei 2022):
Maandag: 19u, Volkseten Vegazulu
Dinsdag: 13u/15u30, Weggeefwinkel
Dinsdag: 19u/20u30, Kraakspreekuur Oost
Woensdag: 18u-22u, Proxy Cafe of Esperanto les
Donderdag: 19u, Volkseten Vegazulu
Vrijdag: 19u, Aman molli, Modal music
Zaterdag: 14u/18u, Weggeefwinkel en Zaden Ruilen
Zondag: 20u30, Filmavond

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.