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Cognac (1988)

Tajna manastirske rakije (original title)
A wealthy American on the quest for a perfect brandy runs afoul of petty criminal monks and falls in love with an impostor.

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Slobodan Sijan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Rossovich ... Bogoljub / Prior Nikamia
Catherine Hicks ... Ella Frazier
Gary Kroeger ... Charles Lawrence
Dara Calenic Dara Calenic ... Zorka Bogdanovich
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ... Abdullah the Great
Nikola Simic Nikola Simic ... Brother Gabriel
Jeff Corey ... Colonel Frazier
Brad Dexter ... Veljko Pantovich
Sam Wanamaker ... Ambassador Morley
Michael Gable Michael Gable ... Roger (as Mike Gable)
Tasko Nacic Tasko Nacic ... Bure (Lazni kaludjer)
Zvonko Lepetic Zvonko Lepetic ... Mornar (Lazni kaludjer
Miodrag Andric Miodrag Andric ... Dzeparos (Lazni kaludjer)
Boro Stjepanovic Boro Stjepanovic ... Celavi (Lazni kaludjer)
Ratko Tankosic Ratko Tankosic ... Karate (Lazni kaludjer)
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A wealthy American on the quest for a perfect brandy runs afoul of petty criminal monks and falls in love with an impostor.

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Country:

Yugoslavia | Canada

Language:

Serbo-Croatian | English

Release Date:

21 June 1988 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Ingredient See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Final film role for Brad Dexter, who portrayed Veljko Pantovich. See more »

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Problem with translation
24 June 2005 | by shaptachSee all my reviews

Thing is, problem does not lie in the movie, but in translation. In all Serbian (Yugoslavian) movies core of the dialogue lies in phrases, common to the region, which can be successfully translated only to some extent. Example, if you tried to translate some stand-up comedy to ANY language, nobody would understand it. The same is with movies.

Next thing is the social factor, westerners simply can not understand comedy that is set in days of communism. The whole setting is hilarious only to the people who, unfortunately, lived it.

If you watch movie carefully and read title, you will see that people are talking much more than it is actually translated. That is the part where you "lose" the movie. Subtitles are no substitution for living tongue.


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