Scene from the film The Man Is Leaving
Scene from the film The Man Is Leaving
Scene from the film The Man Is Leaving
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The Man Is Leaving

  • Slovakia
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A documentary about customs related to funerals in Bulgaria, a contemplation about the meaning of life.

“The film The Man Is Leaving has its special place in European cinema. In the primary view, it can be understood as an authentic report with emphasis on the visual and a majority of views with a metaphoric subtext. One such case is the scene of the measuring of the dead with a thorn wand: firstly, it is a religious ritual, but the thorn refers to the thorn crown and it is a metaphor of man’s pain and suffering. The theme of death itself is something of a parable about the existential mood of the year 1968, when the film was made.”

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  • Original title
    Odchádza človek
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Martin Slivka
  • DOP
    Jozef Grussmann
  • Editing
    Alfréd Benčič
  • Music
    Ilja Zeljenka
  • Sound
    Eduard Palček
  • Duration
    26 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Slovakia
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
      • Československý film Bratislava
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