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Ptitzi i hratki (1969)

A film about a group of young people who struggle for their ideals. A film about the defeated ideals and the cruelty of the Second World War period of time.


Gueorgui Stoyanov


Vasil Akiov
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefan Mavrodiyev Stefan Mavrodiyev ... Borkata
Kiril Gospodinov Kiril Gospodinov ... Nikifor
Konstantin Kotsev Konstantin Kotsev ... Prokuror
Maya Dragomanska Maya Dragomanska ... Elena
Tatyana Lolova Tatyana Lolova ... Kavradakova
Nevena Simeonova Nevena Simeonova ... Konspiratorkata
Kosta Karageorgiev Kosta Karageorgiev ... Poeta Pero (as K. Karageorgiev)
Dimitar Kokanov Dimitar Kokanov ... (as D. Kokanov)
Stefan Voronov Stefan Voronov ... Konstantin (as St. Voronov)
Rousy Chanev Rousy Chanev ... Tonkata (as R. Chanev)
Andrey Avramov Andrey Avramov ... (as A. Avramov)
Petar Slabakov ... Predsedatelyat na suda (as P. Slabakov)
Itschak Fintzi ... Izobretatelyat na mucheniya (as I. Fintzi)
Yevstati Stratev Yevstati Stratev ... (as Yev. Stratev)
Svetoslav Peev Svetoslav Peev ... (as S. Peev)


There is the usual atmosphere with cafés, small stores, brass bands, and quiet alleys in a town in the country during the World War II. A group of high school students with leftist convictions meet on a regular basis outside the town to recite poems and sing the International. To them, this is an innocent game, which gradually turns into serious illegal activity. The young people implement several actions against the authorities. They are arrested one by one and subjected to inhuman tortures. The verdict against them is death penalty. And they were so young... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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11 April 1969 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Birds and Greyhounds See more »

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Boyana Film See more »
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The film marks a new trend in the anti-fascist theme in Bulgarian cinema
24 September 2004 | by majorSee all my reviews

This film falls into the poetic tradition of antifascist theme at the end of fifties, and the same time marks a new trend in its development - the stylization of the characters is pushed to the limit where it verges on the grotesque, the ideas are in the form of metaphors and the poetic and ironic intonations in the general atmosphere are intensified. The action takes place at the beginning of WWII. A group of young people fewer than twenty is brought to the fascist court in a small provincial town. Against the background of the town's middle-class indifference the young anti-fascists live through their first encounter with the police brutality. In this clash their abstract revolutionary ideas become their faith. The death of one of the boys erases traces of flippancy and personal ambition. The naive dreamers become real fighters. The flock of birds chased by well-trained greyhounds symbolizes this turning point in the consciousness of the characters.

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