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  • Eastern European Settings in Film : TrueFilm

     Deborah updated 2 years, 10 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Deborah

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    January 16, 2020 at 11:03 am

    This is a genre not often mentioned unlike American, French, Italian, and Asian films.

    It’s a pretty small sub-genre though you know it when you see it. You know what I’m talking about. It tends to be very atmospheric, almost sub-hallucinogenic, a sense of utter calm and paranoia at once. Perhaps has “deep state” kind of cults, perhaps even vampires, satanic (for horror), etc. either that or corrupt business or government organizations perhaps even a mix of all of these. Always grey skies, foreboding, a chill in the air (both physically and figuratively speaking), but never immediately threatening and almost alluring when entering, unlike very immediate danger often portrayed about by Western film makers about places like Mexico, South American Jungles, Middle-East, but rather just….a sense of paranoia and you should probably pack up and go before it’s too late and the snake bites you. Usually has the settings of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Czech Republic etc.

    Here’s a few examples: Hostel Part 1 & 2, Beyond The Door III, Daughter of Darkness (with Anthony Perkins), Train (2008), Come and See, You get the idea!

    So anyways, where do you believe this strange, unsettling, yet initially welcoming, alluring, almost sexy, charming, comforting (yet utterly snake like and psychopathic behind all of these qualities) sense of Eastern Europe came from, why is it often portrayed with these sorts of aforementioned vibes by writers?

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