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Dusan Makavejev (written by)
Émile Zola (novel)
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Release Date:
27 January 1989 (USA) See more »
A film of passion, power and politics... [UK Video] See more »
In a small European country, the king is scheduled to visit a small, quiet and "safe" village. It turns out that while the village may indeed be small, it's neither as quiet nor as safe as it's expected to be. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Camilla Søeberg ... Svetlana Vargas

Alfred Molina ... Avanti

Simon Callow ... Police Chief Hunt

Eric Stoltz ... Christopher

Lindsay Duncan ... Lily Sachor

Rade Serbedzija ... Emile
Svetozar Cvetkovic ... Rudi Kugelhopf

Chris Haywood ... Wango

Patrick Godfrey ... Dr. Lombrosow
Linda Marlowe ... Stella Vargas
Ronald Lacey ... Conductor
Tanja Boskovic ... Olympia

Gabrielle Anwar ... Tina
Enver Petrovci ... The King
Zeljko Duvnjak ... Martin
Danko Ljustina ... Baker
Rahela Ferari ... Grandmother
Dani Segina ... Old mailman (as Djani Segina)
Tomislav Gotovac ... Agent #1 (as Tom Gotovac)
Mirko Boman ... Agent #2
Matko Raguz ... Engineer
Branko Blace ... Stoker
Ivo Kristof ... First orderly
Marijan Habazin ... Orderly #2 (as Marijan Habajin)
Drew Kunin ... Singer
Alan Anticevic ... Boy
Svjetlana Grzelja ... Girl
Sinisa Cmrk ... Man in the water

Directed by
Dusan Makavejev 
Writing credits
Dusan Makavejev (written by)

Émile Zola (novel "Pour une nuit d'amour")

Produced by
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Michael J. Kagan .... executive producer
Tom Luddy .... executive producer
Bojana Marijan .... associate producer
Dejan Karaklajic .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nicola Piovani 
Cinematography by
Tomislav Pinter 
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
Casting by
Bojana Marijan 
Production Design by
Veljko Despotovic 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Production Management
Peter Cotton .... production manager
Igor Nola .... unit manager
Dgorjan Tuzija .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dejan Karaklajic .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Rodney Glenn .... supervising sound editor
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Mladen Markovic .... special effects
Ivo Kristof .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Goran Mecava .... focus puller
Milisav Vesovic .... special photographer
Editorial Department
Ranko Paukovic .... assistant editor
Other crew
Drago Klincic .... accountant
Nada Pinter .... script supervisor

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96 min
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful anarchy., 22 July 2001
Author: W. Jones

For those of you who haven't seen a Makavejev film, this might be a nice place to start, as it actually has something of a linear plot and familiar actors (Molina, Serbedzija, Stolz, Anwar). Taken (rather loosely) from a short story by Emile Zola, this film is fascinating on a number of levels, not the least of which is that it was shot in what was Yugoslavia before the war. It's a beautiful country, just gorgeous. The plot is great fun- in a small village 'somewhere in eastern Europe', the King is coming for a visit and the secret police arrive to make sure the village is safe- which of course it isn't. Camilla Soeberg as the lead girl is lovely and strong, Alfred Molina as the head of the secret service is hysterical, Rade Serbedzija as the servant having it on with the masters daughter is fiercely sexual, and Eric Stolz as the gentle postman in love is terrific. There's not a weak link in the cast, and it's a joyride from start to finish. Featuring some surprisingly sexy scenes, Gabrielle Anwars first film role, and some wonderful hamming from Simon Callow (for whom 'over the top' is too tame a description) this movie is fun, sexy, and political, which are the hallmarks of Makavejev, one of the best and most original foreign directors around working today.

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