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Splav meduze (1980)

Story about the group of eccentric Dadaist artists in a small Serbian town in the 1920s.
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Credited cast:
Olga Kacijan ... Kristina Polic
Vladislava Milosavljevic ... Ljiljana
Boris Komnenic ... Misic
Erol Kadic ... Borivoje Lazarevic
Frano Lasic ... Aleksa Ristic
Milos Battelino ... Div Znidarsic
Radmila Zivkovic ... Nadezda
Predrag Panic ... Ljiljanin brat
Gisela Siebauer ... Hanna Kluge
Petar Kralj ... Perverted gentelman
Predrag Radovanovic ... Factory owner
Mitja Sipek ... Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bostjancic ... Agent
Cornel Giban ... Viorel
Milena Godina ... Glas stare gospe
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In the early 20's there's a group on anarchic artistic yugoslawian yahoos traipsing around the rural never-lands of what then was the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The leader of the pack is a Serbian futurist/dadaist poet and bohemian Ljubisa Micic, who with his friends, lovers and partners, starts the highly ephemeral, Balkan's own avant guard movement the Zenith(ism)! Odd things happen as they get mired in our lovely, mostly Panonian muddy roads, while the cablegrams and exchanges keep pouring from the source so diverse (and equally famous) as a Tristan Tzarra (auf Zurich!), Vladimir Vl. Majakovsky (auf Moskau!) or the beloved Italian futurist Marinetti! Against the backdrop of the genius misplaced, some gorgeous Slavic women, brave and insane eccentrics (including the Slovenian strongman a la Zampone in Fellini's "La strada") -there's much to marvel upon and learn from this 1980 pearl of the Yugoslavian cinematography. Written by Boris

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10 July 1980 (Slovenia)  »

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A tutaj utasai  »

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anticlimax of the underdogs
28 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

The Medusa Raft is yet another movie where i'd feel uncomfortable to attach a number of stars to it's title. Sure, this would make comparing on IMDb easier, but would also be unjust to this somewhat forgotten Yugoslav movie.

At the very beginning it will be obvious that the story would end in tears. And if you're patient enough you'll find a surprise in the end credits. Namely, there you'd see this list of people upon whose writing The Medusa Raft has been based with that of Ljubomir Micic sticking out. Although largely forgotten in the countries of former Yugoslavia, he'd been on the frontline of European avant-garde art between World Wars.

But this also gives you an idea about the authors' intentions. Not only that contemporaries have been cited, there is a sense of overall realism in the movie. And the difference in tempo of life then and now explains why your patience is needed.

More than that, the protagonists are behaving strangely and feeling insulted when called artists. Not shy of their leftist leanings, their deeds were extreme for the times they'd lived in. Which gives you another flavor of the times depicted. From today's viewpoint this might have been a harmless and bizarre performance. But back then it could have costed your career and, even worse, might have ruined your reputation.

And in an ironical twist of fate, Second World War not only erased their castles of air but also changed the world in the way they'd never imagined.


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