Yugoslavian Cinema under Tito

France Stiglic – Dolina miru AKA Valley of Peace (1956)

A boy and a rather younger girl lost their families in an air raid. They have heard about a valley where there is always peace and fancy that this is the house of the boy’s uncle. They start wandering for the valley. At the same time an airplane is shot down and the black American pilot jumped by parachute. He finds the children at a ford. There is absolutely no danger. But the girl is standing in the middle of the river, scared and crying and neither daring to go forth or back. The pilot cannot abandon the children although they will reduce his chance of escaping. Both the Germans and the partisans know that the pilot had survived. Who will find him first? Several things happen in rapid succession. The children and the pilot find the uncle’s house, which had since a long time been abandoned. The Germans arrive and catch the pilot. The partisans attack and liberate the pilot, who joins them. But during the fight he is soon deadly wounded and orders the children to run away…. Read More »

Milan Jelic – Bubasinter AKA The Bug Killer (1971)

A teenage boy is having his first sexual problems. Although his father tries to remedy the situation, it is his aunt who really takes care of business. Read More »

Zivojin Pavlovic – Neprijatelj (1965)

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At the time when Sovražnik (1965) was filmed , Živojin Pavlović had only two omnibuses that he made with colleagues from the Belgrade Cinema Club, Kapi, vode, ratnici and Grad . The latter was banned by the court, as the only Yugoslav film of that period (produced by the Sarajevo Sutjeska film) to suffer such a fate. It was much more common for a controversial film to end up in the producer’s “bunker” and for permission to be shown at all. This is how Pavlović’s first feature film Return (1964), produced in Belgrade’s Avala Film, went through , and in the meantime he received an offer to direct in Slovenia: he and writer Bora Ćosić adapted FM Dostoevsky’s story, but adapted it to modern times. Read More »

Kiril Cenevski – Crno seme AKA Black Seed (1971)

This movie made from a wonderful book with the same name(Black Seed)give us a look of how were treated the Macedonian prisoners in the Greek Civil War after the World War 2.it is beautiful because it is so real,and the public could feel the exodus of those people.the director himself didn’t want to include a music in the film so the only sound that we could hear in all of in is rolling of the stones.the film won the Grand Prix at Pula Festival in Croatia and the director was named as one of the young directors who could give a great hope to the Macedonian and Europe Cinematography,but he only made four movies.For the end I would like to mention all the roles in the movies(especially the main one)are marvelous and some of them have been awarded at different Film Festivals. Read More »

Krsto Papic – Tajna Nikole Tesle AKA The Secret of Nikola Tesla (1980)

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Life and times of Nikola Tesla, famous scientist whose inventions were stolen, but whose greatest contribution to mankind remain a mystery to this day.

A bewitching film about Nikola Tesla (Peter Bozovic), one of the world’s most gifted but unknown scientific discoverers, the genius who ushered in the age of electricity, who was born in 1856 in the village of Smiljan, in the province of Lika, Croatia—then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tesla’s inventions were stolen but whose name nevertheless remains legendary for his overwhelming scientific contributions. He is quoted as saying “Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity.” Read More »

Aleksandar Petrovic – Tri AKA Three (1965)

Three encounters of revolutionary Milos (Velimir “Bata” Zivojinovic) with death during the war. In the episode one, Milos is watching the death of someone else. In the second episode, he is being prosecuted by Germans. In the third episode, he lived throughout the war in the situation to decide human lives. The dilemma which haunted him during the war stays: whether to punish or forgive. Read More »

Djordje Kadijevic – Praznik AKA The Feast (1967)

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Set in the mountains of Serbia, the film takes place during the Christmas time in 1943. Chetnics (yugoslav army in the homeland) are stationed in the village and they deal with two American pilots who have crashed in the mountain nearby. Initially welcomed, the Americans believe they have found allies who will get them to the Partizans (communists) very soon. It does not work out that way, and while they are dined and wined at first, later on they are detained. During the night, however, the two captives escape… Read More »