Oi Polloi


Published: Fri Sep 26 2014

The Man in the Beige Jacket

This Deck~Out is an ode to one of our favourite pieces of world cinema — The Man in the Beige Jacket. Directed by Dziga Tarkovsky in the midst of Soviet unrest, it eschews the usual politically-charged narrative of the era, and instead focuses on the day to day life of a man who wears a beige jacket all the time. It’s nine hours long and only features seven lines of dialogue (Russian dialogue at that), but once that opening scene rolls (a stirring, emotive scene involving a small rock on a windswept shore slowly weathering away, beautifully rendered on 16mm film stock) then the thing just flies by.