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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 »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Number 55 wins at revamped Pula
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Revamped Pula gives top award to Number 55
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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:
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
a rough, fascinating debut with a few dull bits, 12 November 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Dusan Makavejev made himself known in the world of international cinema with his first film, Man in Not a Bird, and it's a film that juggles stories and a political atmosphere (mostly) in the guise of a documentary on a copper mill. It deals with romance and work, two themes that Makavejev would toy with and dissect with his anarchic and absurdist style throughout his whole career. It's about a construction foreman, Jan Rudinski (Janez Vrhovec), who is in town to oversee the copper mill, and a hairdresser named Rajka (Milena Dravić) who falls in love with him. How this happens is never made exactly clear, even as Makavejev indulges in a moodily-lit lovemaking scene that tells us all we need to know about their passion, nor is it clear how he is really attracted to her. That is, until their relationship becomes compromised by a man closer to her age, a guy who always comes in to the barbershop to get shaved even when he doesn't need it, just to hit on her.

It's this, plus an undercooked story of a drunken man and his troublesome own affair that brings out a huge girl-fight between his wife and his lover in the middle of a street, that marks the dramatic side of the picture. Mixing in and out of these stories is footage of the mill, the workers working diligently, leading up to a big celebratory concert where Beethoven's 9th fills the air (also in cutaways to Rajka having her fling with the man in the truck as her actual lover sits in his awarding ceremony).

It's not filled with Makavejev's rampant humor, and it's more of a real "film" instead of one of his hybrid comedy-documentaries. Man is Not a Bird is a fresh burst of original film-making, and if it's not always engaging during its 79 minutes (I found myself tuning out in a couple of scenes) it's still reveals an artist with something to say. There's something urgent about his film, particularly towards the end and during those hypnotist scenes where the audience is enraptures by the hypnotists skills directing people on a stage. Makavejev is after an essential truth in human nature: work and love can't always go together, or sometimes one takes over the other, and a (Communist) nation like the one this is set in needs to find a balance of both.

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