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Underground (1995)


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An unpredictable black comedy with an epic scope, Emir Kusturica's highly acclaimed Underground takes a look at the modern history of Yugoslavia through the often absurd misadventures of two friends over several decades. The film begins in Belgrade in 1941, establishing the friendship between the gregarious Blacky and the more intellectual Marko during a drunken, late-night musical procession that establishes the riotous tone to follow. Fellow members of the Communist Party, the friends also

Dec 23, 2003

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A sprawling, rowdy, vital film laced with both outrageous absurdist dark humor and unspeakable pain, suffering and injustice.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Feverish, whimsical allegory elevated by moments of brilliant clarity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The film can be both frenetic and strained. But it also has has a great deal of power and can be quite haunting.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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Brilliant, outrageous filmmaking. Underground is touching, hilarious, and new.

June 29, 2004

Emir Kusturica's tragic-farce Underground may be the most important film of the last 25 years.

December 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

A sprawling, imaginative, bold and impressive work.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Offers a zany overview of the treacherous path of politics in Yugoslavia leading to the outbreak of civil war in 1992.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's a snoozer.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
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One of the great moviegoing experiences of recent years -- a work of staggering sadness, vitality, and comic invention that's as awe-inspiring a spectacle in its own unhinged way as Titanic.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nashville Scene
Nashville Scene

So passionate, so exciting and so very odd at times that most of its obvious faults can be forgiven.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

For anyone who's an aficionado of film, this is pure, unadulterated bliss.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It's a heady mix, charmingly idealistic and bracingly clear-eyed, powerful and sad, and it sticks with you, and in you.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

One of the most ribald, risky and madcap war movies ever filmed.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

I suppose Kusturica can justify the 167-minute length by the historical breadth of the movie, but it simply doesn't sustain one's interest, significant or not.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Comments (2)
San Francisco Examiner

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One of the best films I ever saw. A surreal, poetic, unique and dark comedy about war, pride, friendship and illusion. An controversial epic of Emir Kusturica.
April 21, 2012
Lucas Martins

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One of the best black comedies I have ever seen! Comedy typically doesn't do so well with war time settings; but, with such characters, you can't help but laugh.While Yugoslavia as a country may no longer exist, its essence and spirit live strong.
August 20, 2011

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Totally surreal tale of two brothers' resistance against the German occupation of Yugoslavia. They form an underground society to help the communist effort by producing weapons. This is an epic film that covers 50 years in three hours as the crazy Serbs continue their fight against the fascist foe right up to the civil war.
January 25, 2009

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*On my "best of the 1990s" list.
March 23, 2008

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