Yugoslavian Cinema under Tito

  • Aleksandar Petrovic – Dvoje AKA And Love Has Vanished (1961)

    Aleksandar Petrovic1961-1970DramaYugoslaviaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Dvoje (1961)
    Dvoje (1961)

    Dvoje was Petrovic’s first full-length feature film and obviously quite influenced by the French new wave. The film was in competiotion at 1962 Cannes festival. As Daniel Goulding puts it: “…It is an antioptimistic manifesto exploring a failed love relationship, played out in an alienated urban environment. An intimate film, it explored new possibilities for film language by replacing traditional narrative structures with intricate visual metaphors. “Read More »

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

    Mladomir 'Purisa' Djordjevic1961-1970DramaWarYugoslaviaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Jutro (1967)
    Jutro (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.Read More »

  • Aleksandar Djordjevic – Cep koji ne propusta vodu (1971)

    Aleksandar Djordjevic1971-1980DramaShort FilmYugoslaviaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Cep koji ne propusta vodu (1971)
    Cep koji ne propusta vodu (1971)

    User Reviews:
    Outstanding story for the time and place where was written
    An excellent social drama that won first prize on the international festival held in Hollywood, California in 1971. It’s displaying real workers life of the social era in seventies Yugoslavia. Remarkable, straight forward, heart touching story, Honestly brave for the time when it was written and shot. Branko Reljic is outstanding writer. He wrote a lot of excellent stories that were unfortunately not published because of his radical democratic criticism of the countries inner politics. They were not suitable for the communist regime at the time. I had pleasure to know this wonderful man that never cared for material things but fought to give the world honest true vision of love and compassion that we are rapidly loosing. Mr. Branko Reljic has dedicated his life to his beliefs, and he stayed true to all the people around him. I had that privilege to read some of his novellas and I can happily recommend them.Read More »

  • Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Cengic – Uloga moje porodice u svjetskoj revoluciji AKA The Role of My Family in the Revolution (1971)

    1971-1980ArthouseBahrudin 'Bato' CengicCultYugoslaviaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Uloga moje porodice u svjetskoj revoluciji (1971)
    Uloga moje porodice u svjetskoj revoluciji (1971)

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    Screen adaptation of the popular novel of the same name by Bora Ćosić, published in 1969, for which he won the NIN Award for Novel of the Year in the same year. The film was screened at the Pula Film Festival and was later banned.

    An ironic and parodic view of the revolution, the war, the great historical events are described from the boy’s perspective. His story, abbreviated and simple, reveals all the absurdity and lies of the world “outside the family”. It is a story about the revolution that happened in 1945, together with the national liberation. With the National Revolution, there was a smaller one – a revolution within the family. The film tells what is left of one family that enters a revolution and what is left of a revolution that enters one family.Read More »

  • Joze Gale – Kekec (1951)

    1951-1960ClassicsJoze GaleSloveniaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Kekec (1951)
    Kekec (1951)

    Kekec is one of those films people in Slovenia usually see in their childhood and keep it in their memories as a precious gift for the rest of their lives. It is a double memory: firstly, of one’s childhood, and seconly, of an environment that doesn’t exist in the modern world. In fact, the setting looks so ancient the things you see there could be taken straight from a museum – and this is not far from the truth, since every detail has been made with such accuracy it could also serve as a student’s book of ethnographic elements in rural Alpine settlements. Today, these mountains are suffering greatly from the global warming, and most of the green empty planes you see are filled with small tourist houses. All in all, a film as a memory par exellence!Read More »

  • Matjaz Klopcic – Sedmina AKA Funeral Feast (1969)

    Matjaz Klopcic1961-1970ArthouseDramaYugoslaviaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Sedmina (1969)
    Sedmina (1969)

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    Funeral Feast, the film with the unforgettable masterfully-edited seven-minute shoot-out in the Tivoli park, takes place in the spring of 1941, when the war engulfs the lives of the Ljubljana youth as well. The affairs of the heart result in a liaison with an enemy officer, while the rebellion leads to organized resistance.

    Like in the majority of Slovenian films, in Funeral Feast the actors from the other former Yugoslav republics were overdubbed by Slovenian actors: Boris Juh lent his voice to Rade Šerbedžija, Mojca Ribič to Snežana Nikšić, and Štefka Drolc to Milena Dravić.Read More »

  • Stjepan Cikes – Daleko nebo AKA Distant Sky (1982)

    1981-1990ActionDramaStjepan CikesYugoslaviaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Daleko nebo (1982)
    Daleko nebo (1982)

    Here’s interesting comment from imdb’s user dima-12:
    Yugoslav Top Gun made five years prior to Tony Scott’s

    ‘Daleko nebo’ is a film by Stjepan Cikes who is mostly known for documentaries. Cikes was employed by Yugoslav Army Film Company and his field of work were aviation documentaries. Thus it comes as no surprise that he directed ‘Daleko nebo’ a film that can easily be described as ‘Top Gun’ before actual ‘Top Gun’. This is a propaganda piece about a young MiG-21 pilot who experiences a traumatic flight and the tension triggers memories of his lifelong fascination with flight. Among other things this memories include clashes with his mother who tried to prevent him from entering Yugoslav Air Force School in Mostar since his father died as a Yugoslav Army pilot. Afterwards, in school he faces other pressures coming from the fact that his father is a legend among Yugoslav Army pilots. ‘Daleko nebo’ essentially threads the same path like ‘Top Gun’. Read More »

  • Zivko Nikolic – Jovana Lukina (1979)

    Zivko Nikolic1971-1980DramaYugoslaviaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Jovana Lukina (1979)
    Jovana Lukina (1979)

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    A beautiful young woman lives with her husband in a rocky Montenegrin terrain. The different people who travel by their house share their fates with them, thus generating the evil inside her, and destroying her view of marriage as an idyllic process.Read More »

  • Djordje Kadijevic – Pohod (1968)

    Djordje Kadijevic1961-1970DramaWarYugoslaviaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Pohod (1968)
    Pohod (1968)

    A story of a farmer and his calf, the only survivors of the German WW2 punitive expeditions that passed through their village. While evading before the dangers of war, the farmer develops a deep attachment to his calf and tries to save it at all costs, but it wouldn’t be much easier for them even after the liberation day.Read More »

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