Yugoslavian Cinema under Tito

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 »

Srdjan Karanovic – Drustvena igra AKA Social Game (1972)

Not much info in English for this one:
The director of this movie put an advertisement in many Yugoslav papers calling everybody who wants to act in movie regardless of age, looks, or profession, to reply. From 7000 arrived letters, about 30 heroes were picked up for the movie and its story was made based on what they wished to play. Read More »

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Do pobedata i po nea AKA Before and After the Victory AKA Do pobede i dalje (1966)

A newly established communist authorities in Yugoslavia face the moral challenge of how to deal with warriors of defeated side and other enemies of the regime. Read More »

Branko Gapo – Najdolgiot pat AKA The Longest Journey (1976)

Content:
March 1903. The Ottoman Empire is in a process disintegration. Only Macedonia is not still liberated in the Balkans. The Macedonian revolutionary movement is in full growth. The Turks are trying to keep their last bastion in Europe. The Macedonian people are being exposed to the most severe oppressions as it is due to the revenge of the Turks for supporting and protecting the komitadji (komita – a local guerilla freedom-fighter). In such a case the Turks besiege a village where were a weeding ceremony is taking place. They shoot at the peasants, round them up and most of them are being taken away. The groom is among them. More than two hundred people are taken prisoner in the fortress. Read More »

Matjaz Klopcic – Oxygen (1970)

Synopsis
In this story set in near future, a group of young rebels, hippies and 1968 protesters want to cede and make an independent Island from the Mainland. A journalist who came to the Island to make a report about political summit that takes place there gets involved in the clash between young rebels and establishment. Read More »