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Man Is Not a Bird (1965)

Covek nije tica (original title)
A love romance between older, respectable engineer that came in the industrial town to do some expert job and young hairdresser in whose house he stayed in and the consequences of that ... See full summary »

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Dusan Makavejev

Writers:

Dusan Makavejev, Rasa Popov (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Milena Dravic ... Rajka
Janez Vrhovec Janez Vrhovec ... Jan Rudinski
Eva Ras Eva Ras ... Barbool's Wife
Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic ... Barbulovic 'Barbool' (as Stole Arandjelovic)
Boris Dvornik Boris Dvornik ... Vozac kamiona
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dusan Antonijevic Dusan Antonijevic ... Zeleznicar
Dusan Bajcetic Dusan Bajcetic
Mirjana Blaskovic Mirjana Blaskovic
Djurdjevka Cakarevic Djurdjevka Cakarevic ... Operska pevacica
Roko Cirkovic Roko Cirkovic ... Rocco hipnotizer
Djordje Djurdjevic Djordje Djurdjevic ... Operski pevac
Mitja Gregorac Mitja Gregorac ... Operski pevac
Dusan Janicijevic Dusan Janicijevic
Ilija Jovanovic Ilija Jovanovic
Ljiljana Jovanovic Ljiljana Jovanovic
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A love romance between older, respectable engineer that came in the industrial town to do some expert job and young hairdresser in whose house he stayed in and the consequences of that relationship, especially after young driver gets involved. Written by nixona

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Yugoslavia

Language:

Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

6 March 1965 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme n'est pas un oiseau See more »

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Avala Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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an often comical and melodramatic romance with sprinkles of absurdist delight
28 May 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

In Dusan Makavejev's somewhat brilliant debut feature, he does not go full on crazy like he does in some of his later works; however, sprinkles of such insanity can be found all throughout this charming, tragic, funny, and wild romance. Combining various elements that range from the comic to the dramatic and the gritty to the surreal, "Man Is Not a Bird" functions primarily as a tribute to the common, everyday working man, as well as an unconventional love story focusing on an unlikely couple's stunningly sensual transgenerational relationship. These two portraits of society merge into a single small scale epic tragicomedy, one that sparkles with emotion and delight. Although a bit slow at first, by the second half of this movie I was mostly hooked. The Beethoven concert scene is moving, both in its camera-work and emotional intensity, and within the last ten or so minutes Makavejev really seems to go bonkers. Playing with and crossing the boundaries of everyday occurrences and fantastical, almost Felliniesque moments of mild fantasy, Makavejev begins to really blur the line between tragedy and comedy; the film's final moments work as both masterworks painted with both tears and laughter.


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