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The Dreams of Centenarians


The Dreams of Centenarians


CATALOGUE TEXT
Ironically, “The Dreams of Centenarians” was submitted as a feature for the centenary of Lenin’s birth. It was the simplest way to secure authorisation to film old people (some of whom were actually a hundred years old). The filmmaker also satisfied the Soviet censors’ requirement to focus on working-class people rather than the intelligentsia – the centenarians of the film are indeed ordinary Lithuanian country people. Still, ideologically-minded critics of the time objected to the film’s choice of “unsightly” subjects (a transgression against the USSR’s cult of youth and fitness) and “lack of optimism.”
Credits
Original Title: Šimtamečių godos
Country: Lithuania
Year: 1969
Language: Lithuanian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 17 min.
Format: DCP
Color: B&W
Director: Robertas Verba
Producer: Lithuanian Film Studio
Cinematographer: Algirdas Tarvydas, Robertas Verba
Editor: Rimtautas Šilinis
Music: Algimantas Apanavičius
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