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I Even Met Happy Gypsies (1967)
"Skupljaci perja" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  20 March 1968 (USA)
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Bora the Gypsy is married to an older woman, and he falls in love with the younger Tissa, who is being offered in marriage by her father, to a young gypsy man. This marriage arrangement is ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bekim Fehmiu ...
Bora
Olivera Katarina ...
Lence (as Olivera Vuco)
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ...
Mirta (as Bata Zivojinovic)
Mija Aleksic ...
Otac Pavle ... svestenik
Gordana Jovanovic ...
Tisa
Rahela Ferari ...
Igumanija
Stojan Decermic ...
Vozac hladnjace
Severin Bijelic ...
Religiozni seljak
Janez Vrhovec ...
Sudija za prekrsaje
Milivoje Tomic ...
Rumun (as Mica Tomic)
Djordje Pura ...
Islednik
Branislav-Ciga Milenkovic ...
(as Br. Milenkovic)
Bozidar Pavicevic-Longa ...
Vozac hladnjace II (as Bozidar Pavicevic)
Zoran Longinovic ...
Islednik II
Milorad Jovanovic ...
Toni
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Bora the Gypsy is married to an older woman, and he falls in love with the younger Tissa, who is being offered in marriage by her father, to a young gypsy man. This marriage arrangement is according to custom. Tissa rejects her husband, claiming he is not able to consumate the marriage, and Bora joins her. They get a monk in the mountains to marry them. Unable to return to the Gypsy camp, Tissa tries to reach Belgrad on her own, but a couple of truck drivers rape her, and she does return in misery to her tribe. Meanwhile, Bora defends his honour the traditional way, in a knife duwl, and kills his opponent. Therefore he, too, must leave the tribe. And yet, we'll find happy gypsies... Written by Artemis-9

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In 1996, members of the Yugoslavian Board of the Academy of Film Art and Science (AFUN) voted this film the second best Serbian movie in 1947-1995 period. See more »

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1 February 2007 | by (east coast USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was in college in the 1970s. It has vanished completely since then. I think it inspired me to become an "underground filmmaker." I like the style, the scenery, the story, the humor, the depiction of life behind the Iron Curtain--particularly for the Gypsies. I still remember the scene where the one character is throwing feathers off the back of a truck, and the fight scene underneath the feathers. And the "wedding" scene where the "monk" says "Any fish in that river, Tisa?" And where the heroine runs away to the big city and attempts to live by singing on the street. (Is this where she is hitchhiking and gets seduced by a puppet-wielding truck-driver?) Also the use of non-actors--local people--in the film. I don't know if the world presented in this movie is realistic or romanticised, but it was a very good film and it deserves to be seen again today.


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