Production year: 1960
Duration: 84 minute
Technique: 35mm totalscope, black and white
A declaration of war interrupts the wedding between Ton and Maria. The young couple tries to reach their home before nuclear war starts…
Antun Vrdoljak (Ton), Ewa Krzyszewska (Maria), Janez Vrhovec, Ljubiša Jovanović, Tamara Ðorđević, Velimir Živojinović
Country of production:
Federative National Republic of Yugoslavia (National Republic of Croatia)
After his successful debut Vlak bez voznog reda (Train Without a Timetable), Veljko Bulajić collaborated with the famous neorealist screenwriter Cesare Zavattini and made this overly ambitious and pretentious antiwar film with a global message and concerns about human destiny in light of the Cold War. The story takes place in an undefined time and space, with an atmosphere of “lurking apocalypse”. Nevertheless, this film achieved great success: it was part of the official program in Venice, and at the Pula Film Festival it won the Great Silver Arena and the Golden Arena for Best Director, Best Actor, and Set Design. Some critics consider this film a total debacle while others see it as a sort of a prelude to films such as Kubrick’s Doctor Strangelove.
Screening permit: from July 23, 1960
Export: Poland, Venezuela, Iraq, Lebanon, Canada, Syria, USA, Egypt
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