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The Harms Case (1987)

Slucaj Harms (original title)
| Drama | 1989 (USA)
Based upon the life and writing of literary visionary Danil Harms, a Russian avant-garde poet of the 1920s who was persecuted and ultimately silenced by the Soviet authorities.


Slobodan D. Pesic
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Credited cast:
Mladen Andrejevic ... Zabolocki (as Mladen Andrejeviæ)
Abdula Azinovic Abdula Azinovic ... Pijanac (II)
Miroslav Bukovcic Miroslav Bukovcic ... Oficir koji puca
Branko Cvejic Branko Cvejic ... Marija Vasilijevna
Ivana Despotovic Ivana Despotovic ... Ida Markovna (II)
Ljubomir Didic Ljubomir Didic ... Arhivar
Ljubomir Draskic Ljubomir Draskic ... Svestenik
Rahela Ferari Rahela Ferari ... Stara dama
Erol Kadic Erol Kadic ... Pijanac (I)
Milutin 'Mima' Karadzic Milutin 'Mima' Karadzic ... Invalid instruktor (as Milutin Karadzic)
Vojislav Kostic Vojislav Kostic ... Majstor
Aleksandar Kothaj Aleksandar Kothaj ... Crnoberzijanac
Violeta Kroker Violeta Kroker ... Ida Markovna (I)
Predrag Lakovic ... Harmonikas (as Predrag Lakoviæ)
Frano Lasic Frano Lasic ... Danil Harms
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Based upon the life and writing of literary visionary Danil Harms, a Russian avant-garde poet of the 1920s who was persecuted and ultimately silenced by the Soviet authorities. Written by International Film Circuit <ifcplanet@aol.com>

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Very strange, near non-narrative film that pays tribute to a poet's little remembered work and death.
6 December 1998 | by f451-2See all my reviews

I came in on this film by chance not knowing anything about it. The beautiful B&W cinematography stopped me then a ten minute silent scene hooked me. Films like WR;Mysteries of the Orgasm, Closely Watched Trains, Zentropa, early Foreman, even Fellini come to mind while viewing these images of humanity and totalitarian illogic. Anyone who's in the mood for a challenging, 60's style, art film will be very pleased seeing this. It sort of validates the importance of art house cinema and its culture. QUESTION: Can anyone email me with information or insights about the Yugoslav poetry movement? I'd like to learn more about this film and filmmaker. Rarely do you see anything this good on public TV and not have read something about it.

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