Veliki transport film

Production year: 1983

Duration: 128 minuta

Technique: 35mm widescreen, color


Bulajić, Veljko

Production house:
Neoplanta Film
Lanterna Editrice
Incovent Inc.

Ninkov Dušan

In Vojvodina in 1943, the National Liberation Army’s supreme headquarters decided to send reinforcements - volunteers, food and supplies - to the exhausted partisans in eastern Bosnia. The Partisan convoy sets off on a journey under Pavle Paroški’s command. His girlfriend, the teacher Dunja, and Emil Kovač, a doctor, are also in the convoy. The British major Mason, and his signaler, Danny, whose task is to contact the Partisans, join them…

Steve Railsback (Pavle Paroški), Dragana Varagić (Dunja), James Franciscus (major Mason), Robert Vaughn (doctor Emil Kovač), Bata Živojinović (Kosta), Helmut Berger (colonel Glassendorf), Edward Albert Jr. (major Mason’s signaler, Danny), Zvonko Lepetić (Baćo), Dragomir Felba (Timo), Tihomir Arsić (Gypsy Jocika), Ljiljana Blagojević (Dragana, Jocika’s wife), Joseph Campanella (German officer), Dušan Janićijević (commander Miloš), Slobodan Aligrudić (Rade), Dragan Bjelogrlić (Timo’s son Boro), Matko Raguž (Dunja’s brother Ivan), Olivera Marković (Pavle’s mother), Mira Banjac (peasant Jela)

Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Autonomous Province of Vojvodina)/United States of America/Italy

Veljko Bulajić, Arsen Diklić, Donald R. Boyle (collaborator)

Music by:
Miljenko Prohaska, Vladimir Kraus Rajterić

Edited by:
Vesna Lažeta

Set designer:
Veljko Despotović

Costume designer:
Mirjana Ostojić

Veliki transport a stereotypical film of the Partisan epic genre, with which Bulajić tried to repeat the great (international) success of his film Bitka na Neretvi (The Battle of the River Neretva). However, he did not realize that this genre was far less popular and that mere routine following of its postulates meant falling into anachronism. Several otherwise intriguing motifs (such as Gypsies and Adventists who join the partisan convoy) were left undeveloped and the film is mostly remembered by the financial scandal that broke when a substantial quantity of resources vanished from the film’s budget. The matter was resolved in court. This was an inglorious failure of the politically motivated attempt to represent the Partisan movement from Vojvodina in a worthy film version.

Screening permit: from July 5 1983

Export: Poland, Hungary

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