• Yugoslavia
  • 1968
  • 75 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Serbo-Croatian
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This utterly unclassifiable film is one of Makavejev’s most freewheeling farces, assembled from the “lost” footage of the first Serbian talkie, a silly melodrama titled Innocence Unprotected, made during the Nazi occupation; contemporary interviews with the megaman who made it and other crew members; and images of the World War II destruction, and subsequent rebuilding, of Belgrade. And at its center is a (real-life) character you won’t soon forget: Dragoljub Aleksic, an acrobat, locksmith, and Houdini-style escape artist whom Makavejev uses as the absurd and wondrous basis for a look back at his country’s tumultuous recent history.

Credits

DirectorDušan Makavejev
ScreenplayDušan Makavejev
ProducerBosko Savic
CinematographyBranko Perak
Cinematography for Aleksic's filmStevan Miskovic
EditingIvanka Vukasović
Assistant directorBranko Vucicevic
MusicVojislav Kostic
LyricsAleksander Popovic

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Press Notes

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Film Essays

Eclipse Series 18: Dušan Makavejev— Free Radical

By Michael Koresky October 13, 2009

MAN IS NOT A BIRD: FLYING AWAY The term “independent cinema” has lost its punch in recent years, from overuse and misapplication. One need only look to the films of Dušan Makavejev for a . . . Read more »