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Martin Votruba

 

The Sun in a Net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Among the un-Socialist Realist attributes of the film was an emphasis on a variety of filmic means, for instance as in this clip, the attempt at an aesthetic (rather than content-driven) transition between scenes, and a degree of eroticism uncommon in Hollywood in the 1950s and decidedly banished from communist film studios at that time – also created in this clip through filmic means (as opposed to the story line): the location of Peťo's (Ľubo Roman) body with respect to the wavering shadow moved by the purposeful rocking of the pontoon, the low-angle shot of lying Bela (Jana Beláková), and the following close-up. Slovak and Czechoslovak filmmakers began to point to the authorities' consent to release The Sun in a Net in order to support their own demands to go farther.
The sequence in the clip cuts from the farm where Fajolo (see clip 1) does his "voluntary," in fact mandated, summer work and dates a fellow student volunteer after a spat with Bela, who has now hooked up with Peťo. Unknowingly, Peťo has taken her to the same fisherman's pontoon that Fajolo discovered earlier.

 

The Sun in a Net summary.

The Sun in a Net review by Alex Golden.

The Sun in a Net review by Jasmine Pogue.

 

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