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6 February 1968 (USA) See more »
After many adventures, a young female switchboard operator starts a love relationship with a serious young man... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Eva Ras ... Izabela, telefonistkinja
Slobodan Aligrudic ... Ahmed, sanitarni inspektor
Ruzica Sokic ... Ruza, Izabelina koleginica
Miodrag Andric ... Mica, postar i zavodnik
Aleksander Kostic ... Ekspert za seksualna pitanja (as Dr Aleksandat Dj Kostic)
Zivojin Aleksic ... Ekspert za kriminalistiku (as Dr Zivojin L Aleksic)
Dragan Obradovic ... Obducent (as Dr Dragan Obradovic)
Rade Ljubisavljevic ... Vodoinstalater
Aca Tadic ... Jorgandzija

Directed by
Dusan Makavejev 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dusan Makavejev 
Branko Vucicevic 

Cinematography by
Aleksandar Petkovic 
Film Editing by
Katarina Stojanovic 
Production Design by
Vladislav Lasic 
Costume Design by
Jelisaveta Gobecki 
Makeup Department
Dragica Milivojevic .... makeup artist
Production Management
Aleksandar Krstic .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Branko Vucicevic .... assistant director
Zelimir Zilnik .... assistant director
Sound Department
Dusan Aleksic .... sound
Miodrag Petrovic-Sarlo .... sound editor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milanka Sultanovic .... wardrobe

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Also Known As:
"Ljubavni slucaj ili tragedija sluzbenice P.T.T." - Yugoslavia (original title)
"An Affair of the Heart" - USA (festival title)
"A Love Affair" - Belgium (English title) (alternative title)
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79 min | USA:70 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The film was initially refused a UK certificate by the BBFC owing to shots of pubic hair, though the distributor himself partly ruined its chances by ignoring the film's creative aspects and instead telling censor John Trevelyan "I am sending you a film with a few tits in it. I don't think much of it but I can sell it to the sex theaters". It was eventually passed with minor cuts in 1969 and released fully uncut on video in 1996.See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Sly essay on human desire, 17 March 2000
Author: Andrew Gareth Billings from Cardiff, Wales

That European cinema did things differently in the 1960s is not in doubt, as even directors from little-renowned cinematic cultures such as Yugoslavia delighted in new-found freedom. On one hand, "Switchboard Operator" is a simple tale of love, betrayal and tragedy in Belgrade, and as such captures some touching details about trapped lives in a totalitarian society. However, director Dusan Makavejev, clearly under the influence of Godard, adopts an offhand approach to his narrative, and introduces extraneous material at tangents to the main story. Most of this stuff is fascinating, particularly when he uses archive footage of Yugoslav history. Less successful are the interjections of two tedious academics, a sexologist and a criminologist, whose stern pronouncements jar against the film's capricious tone. Nonetheless, this is invigorating film-making which reaches into some strange regions. Despite an economical running time of 69 minutes, the film even finds time for a brief history of how the grey rat infested Europe!

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