Production year: 1985
Duration: 136 minuta
In 1921, Italy annexes Istria. The coalmines around the small town Labin become a strategically important area for the new Italian government. The local Croatian and Slovenian inhabitants are disappointed in the Yugoslav government’s decision by which they were sold to Italy. The accumulated social problems and the rising terrorist activity by the Italians lead to a massive coalminers’ riot, led by the popular syndicate leader Ivan Pippan. A young coalminer, Ive Blazina, joins the strikers and together they fight for the coalminers’ republic. During the riot, Ive falls in love with the beautiful Marija Brezac. A sudden intervention of the Italian army shatters all the strikers’ dreams and the resigned Pippan surrenders. Not all of the strikers are ready to surrender, however…
Bekim Fehmiu (Da Giozo), Milan Štrljić (Ivan Pippan), Olivera Ježina, Radko Polič, Miodrag Miki Krstović, Davor Jureško (Sicilian), Antun Nalis (pro-fascist)…
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)
Typical offspring of the revolutionary-epic poetics, Crveni i crni is a film of strong ideology, pathos and poetic excursions. It was made with a huge budget and polarized the public because of the general impression that the money was spent in vain, given its questionable artistic value - not to mention the fabrication of historical “facts” (for example, one of the strike leaders, Da Giozo, dies in the film, while in reality he stayed alive).
Other awards: Pula 1985 - Golden Arena for the best make-up to Snjezana Tomljenovic
Nis 1985 - Award iof the Nis Culture Association to Milan Strljic for the “most humane character”
Screening permit: from June 25, 1985
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