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Life According to Agfa

Posted by Web Manager on September 9, 2008

Assi Dayan 1992

 

This is a major movie in the Israeli cinema.  It’s not particularly fun.  It might be more fun than the next one Mr. Dayan made (AN ELECTRIC BLANKET NAMED MOSHE), based on three characters who wander into this film towards the end.  Mr. Dayan incidentally is the son of Moshe Dayan the famous eye-patched Israeli general and sacred cow of modern Israeli history.  I mention this only because his films are so subversively bleak.  This one is about a bar in Tel Aviv and the people who pass through it.  In some ways this sets up a recurring theme of intersecting lives that still runs through the Israeli Cinema as a form of conversation between filmmakers.  I actually liked MOSHE better than AGFA, but I think both are totally worth watching, especially if you’ve seen other Israeli movies and wondered if there were any anti-establishment voices in its cinema.

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