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Dusan Makavejev (writer)
Rasa Popov (co-writer)
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Release Date:
6 March 1965 (Yugoslavia) See more »
A love romance between older, respectable engineer that came in the industrial town to do some expert... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Dusan Makavejev 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dusan Makavejev  writer
Rasa Popov  co-writer

Original Music by
Petar Bergamo 
Cinematography by
Aleksandar Petkovic 
Film Editing by
Ljubica Nesic 
Ivanka Vukasovic 
Production Design by
Dragoljub Ivkov 
Art Direction by
Milenko Jeremic  (as Miodrag Jeremic)
Makeup Department
Branko Catovic .... makeup artist
Production Management
Caslav Damjanovic .... unit production manager
Svetolik Maricic .... unit production manager
Dusan Perkovic .... production manager
Dragoljub Tesmanovic .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marko Babac .... consulting director
Branislav Obradovic .... second assistant director (as Brana Obradovic)
Vojislav 'Kokan' Rakonjac .... first assistant director (as Kokan Rakonjac)
Art Department
M. Cekic .... property master (as Bata Cekic)
Sound Department
Dragan Grozdanovic .... boom operator
Sinisa Jovanovic .... boom operator (as Sinisa Jovanovic-Singer)
Miodrag Petrovic-Sarlo .... sound editor
Zivko Pivnicki .... sound mixer (as Bata Pivnicki)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bora Brankovic .... lighting technician
Zivorad Fijatovic .... assistant camera
Branko Perak .... first assistant camera
Vitomir Velickovic .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olga Rovnan .... wardrobe
Music Department
Mladen Jagust .... conductor
Other crew
Ljubica Petrovic .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Covek nije tica" - Yugoslavia (original title)
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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Man Is Not A Bird, Because It Cannot Fly Free: The class division in Yugoslavia, 11 May 2010
Author: Ilpo Hirvonen from Finland

Covek nije tica AKA Man Is Not A Bird is one of the three first full-length films by director Dusan Makavejev. Makavejev is the most well known and also the most bizarre Yugoslavian director. In his films erotic and political catalog face each other, he combines old propaganda material with early pornographic images (The Switchboard Operator is actually a better example of this). He was one of the most important filmmakers in Novi-film, which means the Eastern bloc new wave during the Cold War.

The class division to miners and educated experts shocked Makavejev, who wanted to show the true workers. Man Is Not A Bird is about a dull ordinary miner-town, where a hypnotist Roko delivers enjoyment and relief to the workers. He can make them believe that they are free, socialist heroes or even birds. The film has two different stories from the same town. A town which has no way out, which is in domination of its government.

As we know in the 1960's New Wave ran through Europe. We probably remember best the French new wave (Truffaut, Godard). But the new artistic movement did also arrive to the other side of Europe, to the Eastern bloc. Novi-film doesn't narratively differ much from French new wave, but its collage-style is something you don't see in France. They are as cheer as other new wave films, but also the satire of them is as strong. In Czechoslovakia for instance the government banned many films by Milos Forman and Jiri Menzel. I don't know much about the destiny of these Yugoslavian films, but they must've shocked people.

Why a man can't be a bird? He can, only with the help of a hypnotist, but a deeper meaning hides in the title. I thought that it meant; A man is not a bird because it cannot fly free. We can't fly free as birds, because we are held down by society, relationships, work and the pressure of our community. But should we be free like birds? This is a big theme in this fine film by Makavejev and it discusses about it. A Man Is Not A Bird also deals up with class division and other social issues of Yugoslavia. I found it very interesting and well made. If you enjoyed this be sure to check out Dusan Makavejev's other early film: Love Affair: Or The Case of The Missing Switchboard Operator.

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