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Underground (1995)

Cast: Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Slavko Stimac, more...
Director: Emir Kusturica
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Yorker Video
Genre: Foreign, Black Comedy, Political Satire, Politics and Social Issues, Eastern Europe
Running Time: 167 min.
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
An unpredictable black comedy with an epic scope, Emir Kusturica's highly acclaimed Underground takes a look at the modern history of Yugoslavia through the often absurd misadventures of two friends over several decades. The film begins in Belgrade in 1941, establishing the friendship between the gregarious Blacky and the more intellectual Marko during a drunken, late-night musical procession that establishes the riotous tone to follow. Fellow members of the Communist Party, the friends also share an involvement in shady business activities and an attraction for a beautiful actress. Soon, the chaos of World War II forces them to take refuge in an underground shelter with a variety of other townspeople. Years pass and the war ends, but Marko and the actress trick the others into believing that the war is still going on. Kusturica turns this inherently absurd premise into a vibrant portrait of the contradictory, foolish nature of war. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the film received great acclaim on the festival circuit but had a hard time securing a release in the United States. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Interview with director Emir Kusturica
  • French Trailer


GreenCine Member Reviews

Tragic, yet hilarious film by HauAb June 15, 2007 - 4:54 AM PDT
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This was quite frankly one of the best movies I've ever seen based on that time period. It's great because it pokes fun at the absurdity of war, by never questioning the absurdity of war. They seem to find all of the over-the-top circumstances to be perfectly normal.

I loved the score. The Yugoslav gypsy band music just seemed to add to the overall boisterous, and silly atmosphere of the movie.

I found some similarities between the Italian film "Life is Beautiful".

Amazing, original movie by shmert May 18, 2006 - 11:32 AM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The movie is an epic, in all the right ways. The thing I remember most about it is the music. The crazy romanian brass gypsy band following the characters around onscreen playing their theme music for them. Goran Bregovic did the music, I ended up buying some of his stuff.

Time to watch it again.

An Original Film by o556 September 2, 2004 - 6:04 PM PDT
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8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
I see about 2-3 movies a week and have gotten to the point where I can predict the next few scenes, and sometimes dialog, for pretty much any movie I see. Not this case here- this movie was very original, unpredictable, well acted, well written, and managed to make a pooint about the tragedy and absurdity of war without being preachy. Great movie.




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Ex-Yugoslav Films!
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Since you can't search for these, I'll compile the ones I know.
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Best of WW2
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Great movies in, about, and around World War II. And no I did not 'forget' Saving Private Ryan.
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