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Gypsies & Romanies

Alma Gitana (Spain,1996)

Directed by Chus Gutierrez. A young man who wants to become a professional dancer falls in love with a gypsy girl but comes to realize how much he conflicts with her completely different cultural background. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody's Land

America is home to one million Gypsies, or Rom, whose rich culture has long been mysterious to outsiders. A flamboyant Romani leader -- defying widely held stereotypes and his own people's code of secrecy -- invites the viewer into this world when it comes under treat. He leads us through the history of his people through civil rights courts, Las Vegas casinos and beyond. Written, produced and directed by Jasmine Dellal. 1999. 80 min. ;

And the Violins Stopped Playing: A True Story (I skrzypce przestaly grac) (Poland / USA, 1988)

Director, Alexander Ramati. Horst Buchholz, Maya Ramati, Piotr Polk, Didi Ramati, Kasia Siwak. Depicts a small group of gypsies escaping the German army during World War II. The group is fleeing south from Poland through Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Through all their travails there is romance with the leaders adolescent daughter and a boy from another gypsy family. The film is unique in that the hunted are not Jews or prisoners of war, but gypsies. 128 min.

Black Cat White Cat (Crna macka, beli macor) (France / Germany / Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1998)

Directed by Emir Kusturica. Grga Pitic and Zarije Destanov are two old friends--and rivals--who haven't seen each other in years. But a series of events beyond their wildest dreams leads to a raucously funny reunion filled with gypsy mobsters, dirty deals and shotgun weddings. 129 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Fille de l'eau (Whirlpool of Fate)(France, 1925)

Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Pierre Philippe, Marc Rosaert, Harold Lewingston, Maurice Touze. After the suspicious death of her father a young girl runs away from her brutal uncle and joins a Gypsy camp. 72 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Stranger) (Romania / France, 1997)

Directed by Tony Gatlif. Cast: Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Isidor Serban, Ovidiu Balan, Angela Serban. A young French man, in search of a legendary Gypsy singer, is taken in by a Gypsy community in Romania. The inhabitants at first do not like him but as they grow to know him he is accepted and learns their ways of talking, drinking, dancing, and cursing. 96 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Golden Earrings (USA, 1947)

Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Ray Milland, Murvyn Vye, Bruce Lester, Reinhold Schunzel, Quentin Reynolds. On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. There he meets Lydia and her band of gypsies who help him to disguise himself and complete his mission. Naturally romance develops along the way. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Grafin Mariza (West Germany, 1958)

Directed by Rudolf Schundler. Cast: Christine Gorner, Rudolf Schock, Renate Ewert, Gunther Philipp, Hans Moser. To avoid her amorous neighbor Countess Mariza pretends to be a simple gypsy girl while visiting her estate and falls in love with the manager. Set in the beautiful Hungarian countryside this fast paced musical is based on Kalman's famous operetta, with all its gypsy music and hit songs. In German. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gypsies are Found Near Heaven (Tabor ukhodit v nebo) (Soviet Union, 1995)

Directed by Emil Loteanu. Cast: Grigore Grigoriu, Svetlana Toma, Ion Sandri Shkurya, Pavel Andreichenko, Sergiu Finiti, Borislav Brondukov, Lialya Chornaya, Nelli Volshaninova, Vsevolod Gavrilov, Barasbi Mulayev, Mikhail Shishkov, Nikolai Volshaninov, Vassily Simich, Yelena Sadovskaya. This colorful, music-filled and sensual melodrama based on early stories by Maxim Gorky tells the fatal love story between the beautiful and rebellious girl Rada and the handsome horse thief Zobar.


The Russian government has passed a law requiring gypsies to have an address so they are no longer allowed to wander across Russia. This documentary deals with the changes that are taking place as the gypsies become homeowners and with the younger generations of gypsies who are starting to be absorbed into the Russian culture, much to the dismay of the older generation. Directed by Natalia Homutova. c2000. 50 min.
See also:
Bori, Erzsebet. "Caravans Without Wheels (Documentary Films on the Roma)." The Hungarian Quarterly (179/2005)