A documentary about the band "No smoking orchestra"

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Credited cast:
Aleksandar Balaban ...
Tuba
Nenad Gajin Coce ...
Guitar
Goran Markovski Glava ...
Bass
Drazen Jankovic ...
Keyboards
Nele Karajlic ...
Vocals (as Dr. Nele Karajlic)
...
Guitar
Stribor Kusturica ...
Drums
Zoran Ceda Marjanovic ...
Percussion
Zoran Milosevic ...
Accordian
Nenad Petrovic ...
Saxophone
Dejan Sparavalo ...
Violin
...
Himself
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A documentary about the band "No smoking orchestra"

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4 May 2001 (Italy)  »

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Short History of Yugoslavia, Long History of Exile
28 May 2002 | by (New Haven, CT; London, UK) – See all my reviews

From father's swimming lessons and the Yugoslav highway system, via privileges for officials and Tito's death to Western expansionism ("Drang nach Osten"), house searches and bridges bombed by NATO, Super 8 Stories offers a history of Yugoslavia not unlike Underground.

Of course, the differences are outstanding also. Super 8 says it. This is a private memoir. The memoir of a handful of people who make their living in a cultural spasm between Western and Eastern Europe. On the road in the West, at home in the East. When their bus travels by a pet cemetery with marble terriers and German shepards, each with a carefully engraved name, who wouldn't think of the mass graves of Srebrenica and the Kosovo? Who would? Perhaps, that's the difference between them and their audience.

They joke and they play. They are angry, upset and hurt. And they joke and play again. If the clownesque does not win out, it is at least there. As a survival strategy. As a commentary. As absurd as the pet cemetery and the bombed bridge. As absurd as the applause and the oversized gold jacket.

Unlike any other Kusturica movie, this one shows its materiality, the texture, the grain and the cut, as if to explore what stuff memory, history is made of.

It is a multi layered text and like any other of Kusturica's films, it is also a political statement. Wanting to go home, the accordion player crosses the river like Charon the Styx, because the bridge is destroyed like the Bridge on the Drina.


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