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The Medusa Raft (1980)

Splav meduze (original title)
Story about the group of eccentric Dadaist artists in a small Serbian town in the 1920s.
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Credited cast:
Olga Kacjan Olga Kacjan ... Kristina Polic (as Olga Kacijan)
Vladislava Milosavljevic Vladislava Milosavljevic ... Ljiljana
Boris Komnenic Boris Komnenic ... Misic
Erol Kadic Erol Kadic ... Borivoje Lazarevic
Frano Lasic Frano Lasic ... Aleksa Ristic
Milos Battelino Milos Battelino ... Div Znidarsic
Radmila Zivkovic Radmila Zivkovic ... Nadezda
Predrag Panic Predrag Panic ... Ljiljanin brat
Gisela Siebauer Gisela Siebauer ... Hanna Kluge
Petar Kralj Petar Kralj ... Perverted gentelman
Predrag Radovanovic Predrag Radovanovic ... Factory owner
Mitja Sipek Mitja Sipek ... Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bostjancic Peter Bostjancic ... Agent
Cornel Giban Cornel Giban ... Viorel
Milena Godina 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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A strange movie - and not worth recommending
27 September 2014 | by maracSee all my reviews

I bumped into this movie by accident. I watched it only because I read its enthusiastic review here on IMDb. That is the reason I decided I must write my own review - to warn other people.

This is a strange movie - and not worth recommending. I think its biggest problem is jerky narrative. Consecutive scenes are connected only with presence of the same characters and their behavior is highly irrational. The most of the scenes are pointless, they look like a record of the screenwriter's stream of consciousness. It is a bit surrealistic, but if that was the filmmakers' goal, they failed miserably. It is possible to make a brilliant surrealistic movie - just think of Bunuel. Unfortunately, the makers of this movie lacked a sufficient dose of talent.

The topic chosen does not save this picture, either. More or less, it tells the story of three avant-garde rebellious artists, fascinated by communist ideas. They dream of starting a revolution: an artistic revolution, an industrial revolution, a social revolution - preferably all of them at once. Unfortunately all of this rebellion, all their pseudo-philosophical speeches are completely pathetic. If only they were presented with some irony, it could save the day, but they appear to be taken seriously. The result is the viewer is not laughing but instead he or she feels deeply embarrassed.

Don't get me wrong, this is not a particularly bad movie - it is watchable. However, with all those great movies ever made - more than one can watch in ones lifetime - I have a feeling I wasted time here. If I could get my time back I would rather watch again Bunuel's "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" or "The Milky Way".


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Country:

Yugoslavia

Language:

Serbian | Slovenian | German

Release Date:

10 July 1980 (Slovenia) See more »

Also Known As:

A tutaj utasai See more »

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TV Beograd, Viba Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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