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The Battle of Kosovo (1989)

Boj na Kosovu (original title)
| Drama, History, War
On June 28th 1389, at Kosovo Polje, an army of the Serbian Prince Lazar made a stand against the advancing Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad.

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Zdravko Sotra
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Credited cast:
Milos Zutic Milos Zutic ... Lazar Hrebeljanovic
Gorica Popovic Gorica Popovic ... Kneginja Milica
Vojislav 'Voja' Brajovic ... Vuk Brankovic (as Vojislav Brajovic)
Zarko Lausevic ... Milos Obilic
Ljuba Tadic ... Sultan Murat (as Ljubomir Tadic)
Branislav Lecic Branislav Lecic ... Bajazit Jildirim
Katarina Gojkovic Katarina Gojkovic ... Kosovka Devojka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neda Arneric ... Ribarica
Tihomir Arsic Tihomir Arsic ... Lazar Music
Marko Bacovic ... Jakub Celebija
Ivan Bekjarev ... Paramunac
Dragomir Cumic Dragomir Cumic ... Seljak sa zobnicom
Branko Cvejic Branko Cvejic ... Levcanin
Svetozar Cvetkovic Svetozar Cvetkovic ... Milan Toplica
Bogdan Diklic ... Tamnavac
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On June 28th 1389, at Kosovo Polje, an army of the Serbian Prince Lazar made a stand against the advancing Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad, resulting in a great battle which would later inspire Serbian folk tales and poems about courage, sacrifice, betrayal and tragedy. The movie was made for the 600th anniversary of the event. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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In Serbian epic poetry, knight Milan Toplica is noted for his great height. Svetozar Cvetkovic, who played Toplica in the film, is the tallest actor among the principle Serbian knights, being 1.93m (6' 4") tall. See more »

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Vuk Brankovic in his speech is using the metric system of measurement, five centuries before it was historically adopted. See more »

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Lazar Hrebeljanovic: Lazar Hrebeljanovic: I am not deciding whether I should go into battle based on the strength of the opposing force, but based on the holiness of the thing I defend.
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Ova glava mnogo prica,odsecite je

This together with movies Vlad The Impaler and Michael the Brave is among the productions I can recommend from the Balkans depicting the conflicts between the Ottomans and the local kingdoms of its era,to have a better understanding of the historical nature of them and the traces they have left.The production as overall is pretty decent,giving a good description of the conditions of its time,with local costumes,medieval age market places and castles and of course some fancy Serbian noble and knight armor costumes.The dressing of Turks also was depicted close to accurate of its period. As for the script,it seems to be relied on a mixture of both historical accounts and local mythical legends,but overall I would say it's been worked pretty strait forward, without spoiling it far with too much emotional and one-sided history telling.The events are just reflected as in the sources where the film takes its script.Of course the lines delivered from actors from time to time reflect hostile and patriotic feelings,as well as the ''villain'' Ottoman characters unleashing their cruel,fanatic side.When Sultan Murad gives his last deathbed bequest to Bayezid after the fatal wound he received from Obilic,he has him repeat Ali's words and he recites how they should torture and kill every single infidel who rejects Islam and so on.These kind of conversations however are typical characteristics of movies of its kind,not something proper to this movie only,so it's pretty normal.Some scenes and characters also might not reflect exact historical events.Although it is known that Sultan Murad was killed at the battlefield,it's not clear that Obilic really lived or not,he rather exists as a legendary mythical character.Also Vuk Brankovic is reported to be fighting till the end in some other historical sources,unlike in the film who is described as an envious traitor who abandoned the battlefield.It is also known that Bayezid had his own brother Yakup killed,but the records also say that he never faced him, neither is it clear if he was strangled as told in the movie.The encounter and conversation prior to King Lazar's execution with Bayezid are also questionable.The surgeon Bogoje,who saved Obilic's life and later on switched sides and became Muslim ''Mustafa'',as well as the character Hamza the Serb seem to be not historically real characters either.The Maiden of Kosovo is by the way again drawn from the local legends. Apart from all those,I think this movie succeeded in giving a good description of the battle and its sequence,a good production in its conditions with some good casting delivered especially from M.Zutic as King Lazar and B.Lecic as Bayezid.

The memorable scene for me in the movie is when Bayezid shows Obilic's head fixed on the spear after he was executed and asks if that head really looks like that of a victor,mocking Lazar of his defeat.Lazar responds saying how that head in fact laid a foundation and birth to a nation's spirit and will to freedom.Bayezid gets really angry with that answer and says,pointing out to Lazar: ''Ova glava mnogo prica,odsecite je''(This ''head'' is talking too much,cut it off) and orders his execution.


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