Production year: 1970
Duration: 95 minuta
Technique: 35mm vista vision, color
The story takes place in Zagreb at the beginning 1930s. Young and attractive Mrs. Ana Šafranek starts to feel unhappy in her marriage to an older husband, Franjo. During their trip to Samobor, the charming Mr Fulir conquers Ana’s heart and, soon after their return to Zagreb, he visits her at home. Ana’s sister Mina, an old spinster, also likes Mr. Fulir and Franjo gets the idea to marry Mina to Mr. Fulir. Ana and Franjo’s small son Perica witnesses all of these adventures.
Franjo Majetić (Franjo Šafranek), Mirjana Bohanec (Ana Šafranek), Relja Bašić (Mr Fulir), Mia Oremović (aunt Mina), Tomislav Žganec (Perica), Vida Jerman (Miss Marijana), Riki Brzeska (Ždinaršić)
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)
Krešo Golik (based on the short story Little Perica’s diary by Vjekoslav Majer)
After the bittersweet family comedy I Have Two Mothers and Two Fathers, Krešo Golik returned to the well-know Zagreb milieu in the 1930s in his film He Who Sings Means No Harm. Golik structures the film as vaudeville and creates a unique style, pop art in a typical Zagreb manner. He is simultaneously ironic and nostalgic for the kitschy “better” past; today his work would be called camp. Golik showed great talent in his choice and use of music - from so-called wine carols to classic melodies - which he nicely integrated into the dynamic film structure. The only flaw of this film is the insufficient emphasis on the character of small Perica. He Who Sings Means No Harm, at its premiere screening in Zagreb, attracted a record number of viewers, a feat that hasn’t been repeated to this day. Over the past fifteen years, this film has always been on the lists of the best Croatian films of all time.
Awards: Pula 71' - Bronze arena for the best director; diploma to Marijan Meglič for sound (together with films Na klancu and U gori raste zelen bor);
Niš 71' - warad for the best comic role to Franjo Majetić
Screening permit: from October 20, 1970
Export: Australia, Israel, Czech, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Finland, Russia
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