Production year: 1964
Duration: oko 100 minuta
Technique: 35mm widescreen, black and white
The mother of a national hero Nikoletina Bursać leads an imaginary conversation with the statue of her deceased son. We follow events from Nikoletina’s life and war: his joining of the partisans together with his neighbor Jovica Jež, meeting with the small Jewish girl Erna who survived the slaughter of her village, constant quarrels and friendship with commander Pirgo and commissar Zlatko, meeting with Curetak and their unsuccessful love relationship…
Dragomir Pajić (Nikoletina Bursać), Milan Srdoč (Jovica Jež), Olga Vujadinović (nurse Branka), Milutin Mirković (commander Pirgo), Koima Balić (Curetak), Martin Sagner (commissary Zlatko), Kruno Valentić (Jankelija), Dušan Tadić, Zaim Muzaferija, Ljudevit Galic, Antun Nalis and others.
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)
: Bogdan Jovanović, Branko Bauer, Krešo Golik (based on Branko Čopić’s novel Doživljaji Nikoletine Bursaća)
Branko Cerovac, Branko Soldo
After fragmentary and functional flirting with modernist psychological characterization in the successful film Licem u lice, in his next film, the adaptation of Branko Ćopić’s popular novel, Branko Bauer devoted himself to modernist expression. Mostly he used visualization and psychological characterization, but the episodic composition can be regarded as a modernist influence. This film showed that the grand master of classical narration is not adept to very different poetics. Moreover, in the film adaptation the original story lost much of its playful humor (which was sometimes replaced by pathos, atypical for Bauer). In fact, Nikoletina Bursać announced a crisis in the author’s opus.
Screening permit: from November 19, 1964
Export: Democratic Republic of Germany
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