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Variola vera (1982)

This is a true story of the famous Variola epidemic outbreak in Belgrade.

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Goran Markovic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rade Serbedzija ... Dr. Grujic
Erland Josephson ... Dr. Dragutin Kenigsmark
Dusica Zegarac ... Dr. Markovic
Varja Djukic Varja Djukic ... Dr. Danka Uskokovic
Rade Markovic Rade Markovic ... Upravnik bolnice
Vladislava Milosavljevic Vladislava Milosavljevic ... Sestra Slavica (as Vladica Milosavljevic)
Peter Carsten ... Epidemiolog iz UN-a (as Peter Karsten)
Aleksandar Bercek ... Magistar Jovanovic
Radmila Zivkovic Radmila Zivkovic ... Sestra Zaga
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ... Dr. Ciric
Bogdan Diklic ... Dusko
Velimir Zivotic Velimir Zivotic ... Sekretar za zdravstvo
Milo Miranovic Milo Miranovic ... Lozac Mile
Dzemail Maksut Dzemail Maksut ... Halil Redzepi
Katica Zeli Katica Zeli ... Servirka
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Storyline

One pilgrim, infected with an unknown illness, enter the country. Relocated from place to place is dying, and disease spreads. The moment they realize that they are responsible for the disease was considered eradicated, but it is too late. An outbreak of smallpox begins to revive, leading to lure individuals and society. The infected are isolated and left to the logic of the terrible diseases which all but forgotten, considering the distant past... Written by Nikola Popovic

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Country:

Yugoslavia

Language:

Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

9 July 1982 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

A fekete himlő See more »

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Production Co:

Art Film 80,Croatia Film See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Based on the real life events, a Variola vera (smallpox) epidemic, which broke out in spring of 1972. Hospital scenes filmed at several Belgrade hospitals, including Gradska bolnica (aka City Hospital), the epicenter of the outbreak. See more »

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Life writes dramas
24 May 2010 | by andrejvasiljevicSee all my reviews

"Variola Vera" is probably one of the best drama performances in Serbian cinematography. The reason for that lies in the trueness of the background story. A smallpox epidemic did hit Yugoslavia in 1972., thus being the last appearance of this deadly disease on European soil.

Although "Variola Vera" is an adaptation with fictional characters, the atmosphere throughout the entire movie is as real as it gets. It does make you feel the fear of an invisible enemy, a deadly disease in a quarantined environment, with no knowing what tomorrow brings. That's what makes a good drama. I was scared the first time I've seen it, and I still do.

Brilliant acting by the best Serbian and Yugoslavian cast, realistic environment, a storyline with a clean development and the solid directing work by Goran Markovic make "Variola Vera" a timeless classic and a must see for everyone who likes real time horror.

What could be better, and that's a fact with 90% Yugoslav movies from the era, is the photography, lab work and sound. Still, even with such flaws "Variola Vera" will make a deep impression. Enjoy.


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