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The Ambush (1969)

Zaseda (original title)
Idealistic young man supports the party and the new Yugoslavia's communist regime, but soon gets involved in various political and criminal machinations becoming more and more confused about what's right and what's wrong.

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Milena Dravic ...
Milica
Ivica Vidovic ...
Ive 'Vrana'
Severin Bijelic ...
Zeka
Slobodan Aligrudic ...
Jotic
Pavle Vuisic ...
Staresina sela (as Pavle Vujisic)
Dragomir Felba ...
Topolovacki
Marija Milutinovic ...
Slavka
Mirjana Blaskovic ...
Milanka
Mirjana Nikolic ...
Uciteljica
Alenka Rancic ...
Drugarica s naocarima
Milivoje Tomic ...
Profesor razrednik
Branko Obradovic ...
Pukovnik Ozren
Rastislav Jovic ...
Odbornik u belom mantilu
Milorad Majic ...
Starac Bozo
Dusan Tadic ...
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Idealistic young man supports the party and the new Yugoslavia's communist regime, but soon gets involved in various political and criminal machinations becoming more and more confused about what's right and what's wrong.

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Idealistic teen caught between communists and chetniks
29 May 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

It's hard to review this movie since it seems to require a knowledge of post-WW II Yugoslavia that I don't have. I certainly enjoyed it but was never able to escape the feeling that I was missing important points. The movie is set (I think--it's never made explicit) in the days right after WW II and is about a high school student who is a member of the communist party but is witness and participant of a number of incidents that make him question the motivation of his fellow party members. It is hard to believe that a movie that cynical about how the communists took over was able to be made in a communist country. (Although there are many close ups of pictures of Stalin so I got the impression that the director was laying a lot of the blame of the excesses of the period on him.) The story is told with a lot of humor and with short jerky scenes that often raise more questions than they answer. Bonus points for lots of great folk music, which would be reason enough to watch even if the rest of the movie wasn't so enjoyable.


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