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Dusan Makavejev (writer)
Rasa Popov (co-writer)
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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)
Milena Dravic ... Rajka
Janez Vrhovec ... Jan Rudinski
Eva Ras ... Barbool's Wife
Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic ... Barbulovic 'Barbool' (as Stole Arandjelovic)
Boris Dvornik ... Vozac kamiona
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dusan Antonijevic ... Zeleznicar
Dusan Bajcetic
Mirjana Blaskovic
Djurdjevka Cakarevic ... Operska pevacica
Roko Cirkovic ... Rocco hipnotizer
Djordje Djurdjevic ... Operski pevac
Mitja Gregorac ... Operski pevac
Dusan Janicijevic
Ilija Jovanovic
Ljiljana Jovanovic
Lepa Landek
Milan Lugomirski (as Mile Lugomirski)
Predrag Milinkovic
Ljiljana Molnar ... Operska pevacica
Borivoje Perovic
Iva Raickovic
Sefket Sekirovski
Sreten Sokolov
Bosa Stojadinovic
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic
Mirko Todorovic

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:
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
an early Mac's essaying, 26 August 2007
Author: mandaric from Serbia and Montenegro

This is one of Makavejev's early movies. An elder man, an engineer, Jan Rudinski, is invited to a little town on the east of Serbia to put together the machinery for copper production. There he meets young and pretty Rajka and they fall in in love with each other. She is charmed with his virility and his intelligence. At the end she is about have an one-night adventure with young truck driver. On the other side flows the story in a factory. Factory is the metonymy for communism. Makavejev depicts opportunities in Serbia during post-war time in a very distinctive manner. It seems to me that these two issues are very present in his later works - love (~sex) and Serbian communist period. But he always talks about it with a such humor, almost mocking. It is like he wants to say that life is almost nothing but a game - love, hate, death, working.

Yes, it is true that it's plot is pretty simple. But it seems that the director wasn't much occupied with it either. The word 'game' is not just the question of the plot, but also the question of the style. Makavejev experiments with movie form. He mixes some documentary (or quasi-documentary) material with the played material. The effect is achieving a kind of essay-like sense. This meta-text, meta-story, an extra course, if you want, is about hypnosis. Thus, this element stays in some strange relationship with the basic plot. This is very important, because he develops this method in his further masterpieces: "W.R. - Misterije organizma" (W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism), "Nevinost bez zastite" (Innocence unprotected), "Ljubavni slucaj ili tragedija sluzbenice P.T.T."(Love Affair; or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator). I do not recommend this movie to, I may say, lower-level customers, accustomed to the conventional forms, but to those who are seeking for some new once, to those who are almost never satisified

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