O-Bi, O-Ba – The End of Civilization


[O-bi, O-ba – Koniec cywilizacji] Polonia, 1985, colore, 35 mm, 88′
di Piotr Szulkin
Sceneggiatura Piotr Szulkin – Fotografia Witold Sobocinski – Montaggio Elzbieta Kurkowska – Musiche Jerzy Satanowski – Interpreti Jerzy Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Kalina Jedrusik, Mariusz Dmochowski

Set in a post-nuclear-holocaust world in which the ragged remnants of mankind wait for a Noah’s Ark to take them to salvation, this is an austere film. Sthur is the hero who tries to establish if there is any truth behind the myth, Janda the pragmatic woman who prefers life as a whore to a doubtful future and Dmochowski the engineer who knows the Ark will come– and indeed when it finally arrives it explodes, bringing an end to the Earth. Highly theatrically constructed, the bleak future it envisages is all the better for being suggested (often with comic inflections) rather presented in great detail. Certainly in contrast to most Science Fiction films of the eighties, it retains the questioning element that made genre so fruitful in the fifties.