Birth: 18. 5. 1936., Kaštel Novi
Death: 13. 7. 2007., Zagreb
Along with Hrvoje Turković, Peterlic was the leading Croatian film theoretician, and a regular professor at the Department of Comparative literature at the University of Philosophy in Zagreb. He also taught history and theory of film at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb. He took a degree in English and Yugoslav literature from the University of Philosophy in Zagreb, where he also earned his doctorate with the thesis The Concept and Structure of Film Time. Before he completely devoted himself to film theory, he worked, from the end of 1950s, as an assistant director and dramaturge. In 1969, he directed his only feature film, Slučajni život, an existentialist story about young bureaucrats from Zagreb. This, according to many film critics, is one of the most intriguing debuts of Croatian cinematography. He is the author of four books and has also co-authored one book, and was the chief editor of Film Encyclopedia (1986, 1990), the most important publication of Croatian and Yugoslav film theory.
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