Yugoslavian Cinema under Tito

Zivojin Pavlovic – Zaseda AKA The Ambush (1969)

Idealistic young man supports the party and the new Yugoslavia’s communist regime, but soon gets involved in various political and criminal machinations becoming more and more confused about what’s right and what’s wrong. Read More »

Vojislav Nanovic – Cudotvorni mac AKA The Magic Sword (1950)

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Movie contains elements from Serbian fairytale “Bas Celik” (means “Head of steel”) but has it’s own plot that, although follows standard patterns of fairy tales, is original in it’s presentation. The final battle can be seen as a fairytale version of the First Serbian Uprising, and Bas Celik as a metaphor for Ottoman empire. Read More »

Veljko Bulajic – Atentat u Sarajevu AKA The Day That Shook the World (1975)

The Day That Shook the World (Serbo-Croatian: Sarajevski atentat, lit. The Sarajevo Assassination) is a 1975 Czechoslovak-Yugoslav-German co-production film directed by Veljko Bulajić, starring Christopher Plummer and Florinda Bolkan. The film is about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo in 1914 and the immediate aftermath that led to the outbreak of World War I. Read More »

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Savamala (1982)

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The events that preceded the WWII and subsequent fall of bourgeoisie in Yugoslavia are shown through the bloody strikes and awakening of civic consciousness in Belgrade’s poor neighborhood of Savamala. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Crni film AKA Black Film (1971)

Director invites six homeless men to his flat for a few days (surprising his wife). He asks officials and people on the street if someone can help them, this being SFRJ, a state officially without those left on their own. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Ustanak u Jasku AKA Uprising in Jazak (1973)

People from the Jazak village in Fruška Gora Mountain show how they fought undercover against the occupation forces during the WWII. They speak about the dramatic events – of how they helped to hide partisans and how young people joined partisan units in Bosnia. We listen to people’s recollections on the arrests, persecution and tortures. In the last quarter of the film, the participants speak about the events that took place in the autumn of 1944, when the village was liberated and when Russians passed through their area. They remember the joy and great expectations because of the oncoming freedom and socialism. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Pioniri maleni, mi samo vojska prava, svakog dana nicemo ko zelena trava AKA Little Pioneers (1967)

Socially neglected children, taking care of themselves, they dare go stealing and break the law. They argue with parents who neither understand them nor do they have feelings for them. As a counterpoint to this story we see a TV show where a popular actor-entertainer Gula (Dragoljub Milosavljevic) addresses happy and care-free children. Read More »