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Before the Truth (1968)

Pre istine (original title)
Two men, who have been fighting on the enemy sides in WWII, meet in the jazz club twenty years after. Mladen, who was a partisan at the time, recognizes a familiar face of a man whom he was supposed to shot, but missed on purpose.

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Vojislav 'Kokan' Rakonjac (as Kokan Rakonjac)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Branko Plesa ... Mladen Stojanovic
Ljuba Tadic ... Strahinja Petrovic
Vesna Krajina Vesna Krajina ... Katarina
Olivera Markovic Olivera Markovic ... Vesa
Dragomir Felba Dragomir Felba ... Djordje
Mira Nikolic Mira Nikolic ... Prostitutka I
Nadezda Vukicevic Nadezda Vukicevic ... Prostitutka II
Zivka Matic Zivka Matic ... Djordjeva sekretarica
Rastko Tadic Rastko Tadic ... Milicioner
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ... Vodja bande (as Danilo Stojkovic)
Predrag Milinkovic Predrag Milinkovic ... Igrac flamenka Velja
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Dragomir Stanojevic Dragomir Stanojevic ... (as Dragomir Stanojevic-Bata Kameni)
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Two men, who have been fighting on the enemy sides in WWII, meet in the jazz club twenty years after. Mladen, who was a partisan at the time, recognizes a familiar face of a man whom he was supposed to shot, but missed on purpose.

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Yugoslavia

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Serbo-Croatian

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1968 (Yugoslavia) See more »

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"Pre istine" is one the finest Yugoslav films ever
2 January 2010 | by dima-12See all my reviews

"Pre istine" is a visually striking and angsty urban melodrama of two men who meet in swinging 60s Belgrade after a traumatic experience in WW2. They reconcile and realize that even though one of them was a patriot and the other one was a traitor during the war, their position switched because the traitor was rehabilitated while the patriot became a disgraced Party official on the run.

Kokan Rakonjac and DP Aleksandar Petkovic did an outstanding job when it comes to the visual concept of this film. Their use of low-angles and camera movements is outstanding and the approach to use of lenses is ahead of its time. Thus cinematography of this film really uses attractive urban locations to the fullest. With such charismatic leading men like Ljuba Tadic and Branko Plesa on screen, "Pre istine" is quite a feat, Sadly, Rakonjac died just a year after this film and managed only to shoot one more feature - "Zazdidani" - an unofficial sequel to "Pre istine".

In this phase of his career, Rakonjac was obviously in outstanding creative shape and the history of Yugoslav film could have been different had he lived.


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