Tag Archives: Serbo-Croatian

Emir Kusturica – Sjecas Li Se, Dolly Bell ? aka Do you remember, Dolly Bell ? (1981)

SYNOPSIS: (from the Artificial Eye release)
As Hollywood movies begin to find their way into the country, sixteen year-old Dino becomes seduced by the glamour of the gangster films that flash before his eyes at the local cinema. Determining to follow a life of crime himself, Dino falls in with a band of petty crooks until a liaison with local prostitute Dolly Bell turns his world upside down in a way not even the movies could have prepared him for. 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 »

Antonio Nuic – Sve dzaba aka All for free (2006)

Synopsis (allmovie.com)
An emotionally devastated war veteran sets out to spread happiness across Bosnia after his friends spark a melee that leaves all but him dead in first-time Sarajevan director Antonio Nuic’s deliberately-paced comedy drama. Every day Goran (Rakan Rushaidat) pass the time by drinking their worries away in the local watering hole. When a bitter dispute arises and Goran proves the sole survivor of the deadly fight that follows, he sells his parent’s home, purchases a refreshment truck, and sets out to provide free soft drinks and grappa to anyone who asks. Goran’s pledge never to spend two nights in the same town is soon challenged, however, when the grieving veteran falls for a pretty woman (Natasa Janjic) who has also been scarred by a tragic loss. Read More »

Mladomir ‘Purisa’ Djordjevic – Jutro AKA The Morning (1967)

The war has ended leaving a deep trace in people. Going trough a different conflicts in the first days of peace – dealing with a former enemy’s collaborators and executing traitors – a former soldier continues with killing even in peace. So, the war goes on, a struggle within himself and with the people around him. 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 – Dupe od mramora AKA Marble Ass (1995)

Zilnik made Marble Ass in the same year as his Tito film, i.e., in the middle of the war period under the regime of ex-Stalinist Slobodan Milosevic The main figure, Merlin, is a transvestite prostitute, aging and slowly losing his/her charms, but still trying to carry on trade as usual under the most abnormal of conditions. Before the war, Merlin was the most exotic figure in Belgrade. Now everyday life is so crazy that he is the only one who seems normal. Merlin’s companion is fellow prostitute Salena, a strapping woman armed with a knife and skilled in kick-boxing. Eager to advance in her trade she wants to learn English so she can win new customers from amongst the occupying NATO troops. 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 »