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Na malkiya ostrov (1958)

The film is a bitter parable about the slow maturing of the idea of freedom - both collective and personal. The characters's deaths are absurd, with no pathos.

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Ivan Kondov ...
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Konstantin Kotsev ...
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Naicho Petrov ...
Rumyana Chokoyska ...
Kozarkata / The girl with a coat
Dimitar Peshev ...
Faropazachat / Lighthouse Keeper
Gani Staykov ...
Poshtenetzat / Post office employee
Eki Karagyozov ...
Turcheto / Turk
Kiril Bozev ...
Nepriyatniyat / The obnoxious person
Veliko Rosenski ...
Feldfebelat / The Sergeant major
Ivan Dzhambazov ...
Voynikat / The Soldier
Ivan Nanev ...
Selyaninat / The Peasant
Boris Gogov ...
Ordinaretzat / The Orderly
Ivan Teofilov ...
Ozdravyavashtiyat / The Convalescent
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After the defeat of the September Uprising in 1923, a group of rebels are detained on an island in the Black Sea, while awaiting their sentences. Kosta Rika, an old salt, is planning an escape. The carpenter Zheko,the Student and the Doctor find out about it. In the preparation the Student unwittingly caused Kosta Rika's death. Although not under the death sentence, the romantic young man decides to swim to the shore and organize the escape of the others, but dies. Zheko tries to make use of the target practice rafts, but is shot dead like a human target. After the death of the three the Doctor organize a mass escape. He menages to obtain permission to show a theatrical play to prisoners. During the performance the prisoners take the guards by surprise and disarm them all, including the brutal Captain Stanev. He attempts by force to prevent the lighthouse keeper from switching on the light as this is the only way to warn those on shore that something is wrong on the island. With the ... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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5 May 1958 (Bulgaria)  »

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Auf der kleinen Insel  »

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On the Small Island, based on the same ideological and artistic sources as the works of the "Polish school", introduced true poetry and passion into the provincialism of Bulgarian film, and above all freely employed the immense vocabulary of film language. Vulchanov's film was attacked as being the deviation from the party line, and was labeled pessimist, existentialist, Freudian, and so on. Mira Liehm, Antonín J. Liehm. See more »

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Spiritual trends of the time
16 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the first innovative films, which signaled the close of the period of schematic characterization in Bulgarian cinema.

There was a special decree of Central Committee of Bulgarian Communist Party against the film. Some of the spiritual trends of the time - anarchism, idealism, sectarian narrow-mindedness, humanism and violence - are portrayed by richly poetic means. The interior monologue, providing a link with the present, the lyricism of the visual style and the wealth of the score help reveal the personal motifs of the characters, which lead them to their tragic self-sacrifice.


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