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A brash, diverting and slightly disorganised documentary that reveals how closely Yugoslavian cinema was tied to the Tito regime

Mila Turajlic's brash and diverting – if slightly disorganised – documentary illustrates how closely Yugoslavian cinema was tied to the Tito regime. Funded by workers, and starring soldiers who lent them whatever authenticity they had, these films were often script-approved by Tito himself, an acutely image-aware movie buff. Extracts suggest endless partisan shoot-'em-ups and labour-camp singalongs ("Carrying rocks is so much fun!") sustaining the co-productions that brought Orson Welles, among others, to the country. You wish Turajlic had labelled them more diligently, though: if all this dead ideology really merits further study – as lessons from history, like those Soviet tractor musicals – we needed to have their titles close by. Her interviews are revealing: as industry survivors kick around the rusting, dusty infrastructure, what emerges is a region-specific form of nostalgia for a »

- Mike McCahill

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