Trenutki odločitve (Moments of Decision) (1985)

In 1955, the Czech film director Frantisek Cap, who immigrated to Slovenia, created the Slovenian feature film Trenutki odlocitve “Moments of Decision.” The video “Moments of Decision” by Grzinic and Smid is a reconstruction of this partisan film. By emphasing the role of the leading heroine from Cap’s partisan’s film drama through the video, a video love melodrama is produced. Formally this entailed a special visual solution as well, a synthesis of the Cap’s film sequences with the new produced video pictures. The story from the black and white film occurs in the video within newly introduced iconographic elements. The video is also a significant in the context of current research in the field of art history, as it quotes from historical periods parallel to the time when the film was produced, and as well it parallels the time when the video was produced. It rearticulates soc-realistic and pop-realistic elements and historical data. In the video excerpts from the book The Lover by Marguerite Duras are used, and as well sentences from the original film screenplay found in the Slovenian Film Archive, sentences that were left out, or censored in the time the film was produced.

MOMENTS OF DECISION, video, U-matic transferred on Betacam SP PAL, 13.59 min.,
colour; coproduced by SKUC-Forum, Ljubljana
and Marjan Osole Max, Ljubljana; produced by Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, 1985
directed, written and played by:
Marina Grzinic & Aina Smid
camera by: Andrej Lupinc
editing by: Marjan Osole-Max
music by: Bojan Adamic,
mixed by  M. Grzinic & A. Smid
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