USSR), Eastern European countries like Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary have been much more in the news than the Baltic States of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. This imbalance has changed a bit now, thanks to the new documentary, THE INVISIBLE FRONT, which tackles the evidently thorny history of Lithuania, a country that gained indepen-dence from Russia after World War I, only to lose it post-WWII, when Russia again took over the little country. Lithuania, however, had quite a movement of partisan fighters determined to wrest the country's freedom back from Russia.
Jonas Ohlman, Vincas Sruoginis and Mark Johnston (whose photos and bios can be found here: Click and scroll down). Because most of us have heard so little about Lithuania -- whose struggle against the Nazis pales beside its struggle against Russia -- The Invisible Front should prove a welcome addition to our knowledge.
Juozas Lukša (shown above and below, center) whose feats of derry-do and commitment to his native land seem unusually bold and brave. It is Lukša's story more than any other that is highlighted here, and it is certainly a good one. We learn of and meet his widow, Nijole (shown with Juozas two photos below), who fills us in on much that happened to the man and why -- at least so far as she was concerned.
Force Majeure?). And the man most responsible for Lukša's capture and death (on September 4, 1951) tries to explain and half-excuse his actions. (He is primary among those about whom you will wonder how the filmmakers persuaded cooperation).
Rocks in My Pockets, showed us some of the history of Latvia, let's hope it won't be long before something new and worthwhile comes out of Estonia to complete a kind of Baltic trilogy.
Cinema Village. The following Friday, November 14, it will open in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre, and on November 21, look for its opening in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Music Hall 3.