Production year: 1959
Duration: 115 minuta
Technique: 35mm totalvision, black and white
In the spring of 1946, there are large migrations of people in Yugoslavia. From secluded areas around the mountain Dinara people move to fertile Pannonian valleys of Slavonia, Baranja, Srijem, and Vojvodina. Whole villages are moved by trains. The inhabitants of the village Dolac in Dalmatinska zagora, who got land and houses in Baranja, are traveling to the village Topolovo. The president of the village committee, partisan Lovre, is the leader of this group. He likes the widow Ike. Lovre’s brothers, Duje and the younger Periša are also moving. Periša’s war comrade, marine Nikolica, is also fond of Ike. During their travels, Periša falls in love with Dana, a girl from the other village, who is promised as a wife to a landowner’s son from Baranja…
Stojan Aranđelović (Lovre Brikota), Olivera Marković (Ike), Ivica Pajer (Nikolica), Milan Milošević (Periša), Inge Ilin (Dana), Ljiljana Vajler (Antina supruga), Bata Živojinović (Ante), Lia Rho-Barbieri (Venka), Mate Ergović (Markan), Krešo Zidarić (Buda), Tanja Mascarelli (Dane’s mother), Jan Sid, Zlatibor Stojmirov, Kruno Valentić (policeman) i dr
Country of production:
Federative National Republic of Yugoslavia (National Republic of Croatia)
Veljko Bulajić, Stjepan Perović, Ivo Braut, Elio Petri (based on Veljko Bulajić’s idea)
This is Veljko Bulajić's feature film debut. It is an epic film whose heroes, as would often be the case in Bulajić’s films, are the people themselves, represented by individual destinies. He used neorealist principles in an interesting manner and had significant success in the former Yugoslavia as well as abroad. Only recently have film critics stopped including Vlak bez voznog reda (Train Without a Timetable) lists of the best Croatian films and started criticizing its so-called trade flaws. Moreover, the reason for the harsher criticism of this film is the contemporary critics’ lack of interest in this film’s sensibility, which today appears somewhat old-fashioned. At the Pula Film Festival Vlak bez voznog reda won the jury’s award for Best film, Best screenplay and Best supporting actor (Milan Milošević).
Other awards: Pula 59' - Audience’s award Jelen from VUS magazine
Special diploma to Veljko Bulajić (together with Igor Pretnar) for outstanding results, quality and tendencies in their films
Cannes 1959 - official program
Screening permit: from March 14, 1959
Export: Poland, Soviet Union, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Cuba, Mexico, Algiers, Czechoslovakia, Egypt
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