Yugoslavian Cinema under Tito

Bostjan Hladnik – Ubij me nežno aka Kill Me Softly (1979)

Boštjan Hladnik (30 January 1929 – 30 May 2006) was a Yugoslav/Slovene filmmaker.

Hladnik was born in Kranj. He started with amateur short films after acquiring a projector and a 8mm camera in 1947[1]. From 1949 he studied at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana and made a name for himself with several highly acclaimed short films. In 1957, Hladnik moved to Paris to apprentice under French filmmakers such as Claude Chabrol, Philipe de Broca, and Robert Siodmak. Hladnik’s early-’60s features, Ples v dežju (Dance in the Rain)[2] (1961) and Peščeni grad/Sand Castle[3] (1962), influenced the course of Yugoslav cinema, through integrating influences from the nouvelle vague into it. Read More »

Nikola Tanhofer – Osma vrata AKA The Eighth Door (1959)

The film takes place in Belgrade during the German occupation in World War II. The main character is Predrag Simonović, played by Milivoje Živanović, a professor who is not concerned with politics and war, but who accidentally comes into possession of a list of resistance movement members and becomes involved. Read More »

Tomislav Mrsic – Pula povjerljivo AKA Pula Confidential (2003)

Excellent documentary about the history of Yugoslavian Film Festival in Pula and ex-Yu cinema in general. Produced by HTV Croatian Television.

The festival was originally started in 1954 and within a few years it became the centerpiece event of the Yugoslav film industry, with first national awards being presented in 1957. This lasted until 1991, when the festival was canceled due to the breakup of Yugoslavia. Read More »

Vatroslav Mimica – Kaja, ubit cu te! AKA Kaja, I’ll kill you! (1967)

Arrival of war and radical political divisions in 1941 introduces anxiety and restlessness into the idyllic atmosphere of the small dalmatian island. Yesterday’s friends and neighbors turn against eachother and start to life threaten eachother. Piero, who started to wear black shirt, comes into conflict with the kind-hearted shopkeeper Kaja, who is associated with the resistance. Read More »

Dragovan Jovanovic – Devojka sa Kosmaja AKA Girl from the Mountains (1972)

The relationship between a man and a girl shortly after the start of the war and the arrival of the Germans. He goes to Chetniks, and there he disappears without a trace, and she,after much torture and solitude, begins to search for him not thinking in those moments of what horrors war can bring. Read More »

Matjaz Klopcic – Zgodba ki je ni (1967)

The feeling of being incapable of controlling your own life and general uselessness make people want to escape the world around them. In spite of the feeling that they possess some creative force, they still feel they waste their time and lives. Read More »

Branko Marjanovic – Zastava AKA The Flag (1949)

Early Yugoslavian cinema and very rare WW II partisan movie, produced by Jadran film, Zagreb.
Interesting and good movie describing the destiny of many artists, writers and intellectuals in Croatia who joined partisans in WW II.

Story about famous ballet dancer Maria who was horrified by the terror of ustasha regime, and joined the partisans… Read More »