Tito's break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists. A careless remark about the newspaper ... See full summary »
Moreno D'E Bartolli,
In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.
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A resistance fighter in WW2 Sarajevo is running from the Gestapo and finds shelter in the home of the old man. The old man is a former member of the Mlada Bosna organization and tells the ... See full summary »
If anyone is wondering about the inclusion of Chess in the list of keywords for this film, it features a number of scenes where chess matches are played or discussed.
In some early scenes the students are seen at the café they frequent, playing chess; in one scene the game provides the metaphor for the planned assassination.
Later, when Princip is shown in prison at Theresienstadt, he has conversations with the prison doctor, and they play chess by memory (ie without a board). (The games featured look like real games, using the Paris Defence, unlike some depictions of chess in films).
The film itself was an interesting slant on a very familiar piece of history, by showing the affair entirely from the perspective of the students. (In doing so it pretty much glossed over the fact they killed two people, and plunged the world into a war that cost millions of lives, but maybe we know that well enough for it not to be objectionable.) An interesting exercise.
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