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Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (1967)

Ljubavni slucaj ili tragedija sluzbenice P.T.T. (original title)
TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 February 1968 (USA)
After many adventures, a young female switchboard operator starts a love relationship with a serious young man. But while he's away on business, she gets lonely and succumbs to her ... See full summary »

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Dusan Makavejev
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Cast overview:
Eva Ras Eva Ras ... Izabela, telefonistkinja
Slobodan Aligrudic Slobodan Aligrudic ... Ahmed, sanitarni inspektor
Ruzica Sokic Ruzica Sokic ... Ruza, Izabelina koleginica
Miodrag Andric Miodrag Andric ... Mica, postar i zavodnik
Aleksander Kostic Aleksander Kostic ... Ekspert za seksualna pitanja (as Dr Aleksandat Dj Kostic)
Zivojin Aleksic Zivojin Aleksic ... Ekspert za kriminalistiku (as Dr Zivojin L Aleksic)
Dragan Obradovic Dragan Obradovic ... Obducent (as Dr Dragan Obradovic)
Rade Ljubisavljevic Rade Ljubisavljevic ... Vodoinstalater
Aca Tadic Aca Tadic ... Jorgandzija
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After many adventures, a young female switchboard operator starts a love relationship with a serious young man. But while he's away on business, she gets lonely and succumbs to her colleague's passes. When the boyfriend returns, he gets into a fight with the impregnated girl which will end up tragically. Written by nixona

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Yugoslavia

Language:

Serbo-Croatian | German

Release Date:

6 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Affair of the Heart See more »

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Avala Film See more »
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was initially refused a UK certificate by the BBFC owing to shots of pubic hair, though the distributor himself partly ruined its chances by ignoring the film's creative aspects and instead telling censor John Trevelyan "I am sending you a film with a few tits in it. I don't think much of it but I can sell it to the sex theaters". It was eventually passed with minor cuts in 1969 and released fully uncut on video in 1996. See more »

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Featured in Balkan Spirit (2013) See more »

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Sly essay on human desire
17 March 2000 | by masked film criticSee all my reviews

That European cinema did things differently in the 1960s is not in doubt, as even directors from little-renowned cinematic cultures such as Yugoslavia delighted in new-found freedom. On one hand, "Switchboard Operator" is a simple tale of love, betrayal and tragedy in Belgrade, and as such captures some touching details about trapped lives in a totalitarian society. However, director Dusan Makavejev, clearly under the influence of Godard, adopts an offhand approach to his narrative, and introduces extraneous material at tangents to the main story. Most of this stuff is fascinating, particularly when he uses archive footage of Yugoslav history. Less successful are the interjections of two tedious academics, a sexologist and a criminologist, whose stern pronouncements jar against the film's capricious tone. Nonetheless, this is invigorating film-making which reaches into some strange regions. Despite an economical running time of 69 minutes, the film even finds time for a brief history of how the grey rat infested Europe!


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