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Dusan Makavejev, Free Radical (1965-1968)

Cast: Eva Ras, Milena Dravic, Slobodan Aligrudic, more...
Director: Dusan Makavejev
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Farce, Experimental/Avant-Garde, Criterion Collection, Eastern Europe, Romance, Politics and Social Issues
Languages: Serbian
Subtitles: English

Synopses
Dusan Makavejev, Free Radical: Innocence Unprotected (Criterion Eclipse Collection 18) (1968)
This utterly unclassifiable film is one of Makavejev's most freewheeling farces, assembled from the "lost" footage of the first Serbian talkie, a silly melodrama titled Innocence Unprotected, made during the Nazi occupation; contemporary interviews with the megaman who made it and other crew members; and images of the World War II destruction, and subsequent rebuilding, of Belgrade. And at its center is a (real-life) character you won't soon forget: Dragoljub Aleksic, an acrobat, locksmith, and Houdini-style escape artist whom Makavejev uses as the absurd and wondrous basis for a look back at his country's tumultuous recent history.

Dusan Makavejev, Free Radical: Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (Criterion Eclipse Collection 18) (1967)
In outline, this is the story of the tragic romance between a young telephonist (Eva Ras) and a middle-aged rodent sanitation specialist (Slobodan Aligrudic) in Belgrade. Yet in Dusan Makavejev's manic hands, this second feature becomes an endlessly surprising, time-shifting exploration of love and freedom. Featuring interludes of interviews with a sexologist and a criminologist, as well as some of the most elegant dramatic filmmaking of the director's career,_ Love Affair,_ based on a true incident, further demonstrated Makavejev's adeptness at mixing and matching genres, and his odd, sophisticated humanism.

Dusan Makavejev, Free Radical: Man is Not a Bird (Criterion Eclipse Collection 18) (1965)
Man Is Not a Bird is an antic, free-form portrait of the love lives of two less-than-heroic men who labor in a copper factory. For this first feature, following years of making documentaries and experimental shorts, Dusan Makavejev and his crew set up shop in Bor, a mining town in the mountains near Yugoslavia's border with Bulgaria, interviewing the workers in the region and even shooting footage inside the local ore factories. Yet the result is hardly a staid tribute to the working class. Also featuring seductive Milena Dravic, who would go on to star in Makavejev's groundbreaking WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Man Is Not a Bird is one of cinema's most assured and daring debuts.

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Dusan Makavejev, Free Radical: Innocence Unprotected (Criterion Eclipse Collection 18) (1968)
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