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Variola Vera (1982)

Variola vera (original title)
This is a true story of the famous Variola epidemic outbreak in Belgrade.

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Doktor Grujic
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Dr. Dragutin Kenigsmark
Dusica Zegarac ...
Doktorka Markovic
Varja Djukic ...
Doktorka Danka Uskokovic
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Upravnik Cole
Vladislava Milosavljevic ...
Medicinska sestra Slavica (as Vladica Milosavljevic)
Peter Carsten ...
Epidemiolog iz UN-a (as Peter Karsten)
Aleksandar Bercek ...
Magistar Jovanovic
Radmila Zivkovic ...
Medicinska sestra Zaga
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ...
Doktorka Ciric
Bogdan Diklic ...
Dusko
Velimir Zivotic ...
Sekretar za zdravstvo
Milo Miranovic ...
Lozac Mile
Dzemail Maksut ...
Halil Redzepi
Katica Zeli ...
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One pilgrim, infected with an unknown illness, enter the country. Relocated from place to place is dying, and disease spreads. The moment they realize that they are responsible for the disease was considered eradicated, but it is too late. An outbreak of smallpox begins to revive, leading to lure individuals and society. The infected are isolated and left to the logic of the terrible diseases which all but forgotten, considering the distant past... Written by Nikola Popovic

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9 July 1982 (Yugoslavia)  »

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In one scene, a chopper takes off from in front of the hospital, disappearing into the Belgrade skyline. In the distance, "Palata Beograd", the then-highest tower block on the Balkans, can clearly be seen. In 1972, when the story is supposed to be taking place, the tower was still being built and far from finished. See more »

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24 May 2010 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

"Variola Vera" is probably one of the best drama performances in Serbian cinematography. The reason for that lies in the trueness of the background story. A smallpox epidemic did hit Yugoslavia in 1972., thus being the last appearance of this deadly disease on European soil.

Although "Variola Vera" is an adaptation with fictional characters, the atmosphere throughout the entire movie is as real as it gets. It does make you feel the fear of an invisible enemy, a deadly disease in a quarantined environment, with no knowing what tomorrow brings. That's what makes a good drama. I was scared the first time I've seen it, and I still do.

Brilliant acting by the best Serbian and Yugoslavian cast, realistic environment, a storyline with a clean development and the solid directing work by Goran Markovic make "Variola Vera" a timeless classic and a must see for everyone who likes real time horror.

What could be better, and that's a fact with 90% Yugoslav movies from the era, is the photography, lab work and sound. Still, even with such flaws "Variola Vera" will make a deep impression. Enjoy.


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