The Deserter And The Nomads

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, War

Three pacifist tales from Czechoslovakia of varying quality. The first and best features Gejza as a gypsy who deserts during WW I and returns to his village in time for a wedding. He disguises himself as a woman but is recognized by hussar Kuban, who chases him down and kills him. Another deserter hiding in the village incites the peasants to revolt, but...read more

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Three pacifist tales from Czechoslovakia of varying quality. The first and best features Gejza as a gypsy who deserts during WW I and returns to his village in time for a wedding. He disguises himself as a woman but is recognized by hussar Kuban, who chases him down and kills him. Another

deserter hiding in the village incites the peasants to revolt, but they are cut down by more hussars. The massacre is amazing, Peckinpah-like in its elaborately choreographed carnage, complete with bright red blood spattering on the feathers of white geese while wild gypsy music plays. In the

second episode, a band of Russian partisans execute an old man they suspect of being a German spy, then hear that the war is over. Their celebrations are cut short when a German patrol that hasn't heard the news engages them in a bloody skirmish. The last episode concerns two survivors of a

nuclear holocaust who wander the bleak terrain looking for other survivors. Finding none, they die. Although the first segment is terrific, the last two are heavy-handed and obvious. Nevertheless, this film is worth a look.

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