One of the most exciting discoveries in Slovak cinema, Eduard Gre ner's Dragon's Return is an elemental ballad of love, hatred, revenge and desire. A reclusive potter, Martin Lepi - nicknamed 'Dragon' - returns to his isolated community years after being wrongly accused of a crime, punished and shunned by his village. His return immediately engenders an atmosphere of suspicion, fear, and simmering violence. Gre ner's hauntingly poetic film is also a revealing account of peasant life in a world isolated from history and the mainstream of socio-political events - beautifully realised by Vincent Rosinec s luminous monochrome cinematography, and enhanced by an award-winning score from Ilja Zeljenka. The story based on Dobroslav Chrobák s 1940s novella - was later adapted by filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet in The Man Who Lies (L homme qui ment, 1968), and Eden and After (L'éden et après, 1970).
The fourth in a series of essential Slovak classic films to be released by Second Run DVD.
"A compelling film, surely as exciting today as it was originally" Senses of Cinema
"A beautifully poetic piece, big on atmosphere and intense psychological reflection... Just as relevant, exciting, and far more emotionally compelling than most of what gets released today. Another truly special film from a truly special time" Bonjour Tristesse
It is a work of great visual culture, a slide-show of pure cinematic images. It resembles a classic tragedy yet at the same time thanks to its ideas, it is a contemporary piece R. Hassmann: Gre ner True to Chrobák
It lures by its look, enchants by its music, challenges by its defense of the fates of its characters Ivan Gerlach, Gre ner s Film Ballad, ud
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