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Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981)

Sjecas li se Dolly Bell? (original title)
A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Slavko Stimac ...
Slobodan Aligrudic ...
Ljiljana Blagojevic ...
Mira Banjac ...
Pavle Vuisic ...
Tetak (as Pavle Vujisic)
Nada Pani ...
Boro Stjepanovic ...
Zivko 'Zika' Ristic ...
Cica (as Zika Ristic)
Jasmin Celo
Mirsad Zulic ...
Braco Sintor
Ismet Delahmet
Jovanka Paripovic
Mahir Imamovic
Zakira Stjepanovic
Tomislav Gelic


A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young prostitute and he falls in love with her. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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15 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Do You Remember Dolly Bell?  »

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24 mila baci
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Movie that announced Kusturica's arrival on the European film scene
12 June 2002 | by (Toronto, ON.) – See all my reviews

Post written by a person nicknamed No Gods, perhaps just proves that this movie may not be for consumption by audiences outside of the Balkans. He/she completely missed the point. There's so much more to this movie, watching it was of great joy and delight for me.

It gives an honest, simple and raw account of Sarajevo realities back in the 1960s, when it was an expanding city in Tito's Yugoslavia. 'Dolly Bell' offers many memorable snapshots that it uses as setting: teenagers mimicking Adriano Celentano, audiences watching 'Rome by night', couples with children dreaming of moving into new housing complexes built by the communist government, lunches with extended family members, community center struggling to buy instruments for their band.....etc, etc. And all this while the main character Dino (played by Kusturica's favourite Slavko Stimac) is finding his way through adolescence.

Basically, the movie is Kusturica's and Sidran's love letter to their respective childhoods, which happened to take place during an interesting time in Yugoslav history not too long after World War II when the country was being rebuilt under new social order and a tangible sense of excitement of participating in something good and worthy was felt amongst certain sections of its population.

Kusturica would of course go on to make much more serious and challenging films later in his career, but this one shows his ability to successfully deal with simple stories that are not driven by big, complex ideas and don't have an instantly dramatic setting.

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