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Dusan Makavejev (written by)
Émile Zola (novel)
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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
Mladen Matula .... assistant camera
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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hot and bothered, 4 December 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

A plot to kill the king in a nameless Middle European monarchy is foiled because, apparently, the conspirators can't tell the difference between assassination and sex. The film was meant to be an erotic comedy about how the spontaneity of life and love will always be at odds with the more orderly impulses of the intellect (in this case Communist doctrine following the First World War), but unfortunately the same sense of uninhibited freedom also conflicts with narrative continuity, since the plot has to be halted every so often for a roll in the hay. The handsome Yugoslavian settings recall a Brothers Grimm fairy tale conceived by Maurice Sendak (one of director Dusan Makavejev's acknowledged influences), but all the tempestuous passion looks more like lowbrow comic book lechery. As a result the film wavers uncertainly between playful political satire and cheap sex farce, without ever deciding which one it wants to be. The script, according to press material, was loosely (very loosely) based on a story by Emile Zola.

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