By Lilla Toke
The dissertation examines the legacies of gruesome comedy within the cinemas of
Eastern Europe. absolutely the non-seriousness that characterised ugly realism
became a profitable and comparatively secure approach to discuss the absurdities and the disasters
of the communist process. Thismodality, even though, wasnot particular tothe communist
era yet stretchedback to the Austro-Hungarian period and ahead into the Postcommunist
times. The research explores how movie comedyprovided a moment, carnivalesque world
that reflected reliable tradition in a gruesome method and ridiculed it, and as such those
comediesindicated the failure of the Grand Narrative of Communism. the flicks
constituted a much-needed replacement public sphere, the place the controversies and
absurdities within the dominant social constructions may perhaps emerge in a severe mild. They
demystified the workings of kingdom communism in very important methods: first,they published
that ideological and fabric fact wereincongruous and infrequently contradictory and that
the phantasm of ideological fact was once forcefully maintained via language. Secondly,
the motion pictures disclosed that the communist state’s biopolitics was once eventually unsuccessful
since it didn't absolutely combine the members into its ideological venture and as an alternative
encouraged a specific “doublethink”to emerge (where humans concurrently approved
and defied communist keep an eye on over their bodies). eventually, in its carnivalesque
representations,Eastern eu cinema played an enormous counter-cultural
function that commented at the very ontology of present socialism: the flicks pointed to
an irreconcilable contradiction among communist ideology and fabric truth that
would finally result in the system’s loss of life in addition to the state’s competitive makes an attempt
and disasters to interpellate its matters absolutely and effectively.
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