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Yugoslavian movie classics

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Yugoslavian movie classics

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When the situation is catastrophic. When it looks like there’s no way out. When everything is falling apart. Who can put us in a good mood with optimism or at least really humorous cinism? Yugoslavian movie classics! Since WWII and up until the Balkan wars, these movies always know how to find the bright side or at least laugh at their own misfortune. Some of them were even made during the war years, but that didn’t stop them.

 

LEPA SELA LEPO GORE

When childhood friends find themselves on opposing sides of the war, when the worst of human nature comes out and shows the biggest tragedies of war, that’s when no one would expect this movies’ main description on iMDB would be comedy. But Srdjan Dragojević, masterfully as always, brings together terror and humour.

 

PODZEMLJE

A movie so long you could watch it the whole day. Lasting 2 hours and 50 minutes it could almost compete with The Irishman. But the movie isn’t even a second too long. It’s an epic story that takes us not only through one, but three different wars! And again in an amazingly humorous way, as much as the situation allows.

 

VALTER BRANI SARAJEVO

A classic. A movie so recognisable it got its own beer in Japan and a restaurant chain in Slovenia. If there is a local cult classic – this is it.

 

KO TO TAMO PEVA

“I tata bi, sine!” Who doesn’t know at least one of the legendary quotes from this movie? A road trip movie that was a must in any respectable bus driver’s movie collection. If you’ve never watched this movie on a school trip bus, you have missed a truly genuine experience!

 

RANE

»Duuuuleee Savviiiić! On mene zna, a ja njega ne znam. Nečuje se, a radi …« We’re not sure if Rane doesn’t have even more famous quotes than the last movie on this list, but they definitely had a bigger influence on local culture. In theory this movie was supposed to warn about the bad ideas of street thighs from 90s Belgrade. But in reality it acted as a tutorial for many Ljubljana residents. But the movie is a cult classic. A Balkan version of Pulp Fiction.

 

MI NISMO ANDJELI

»Imam čudan osjećaj, da mi se život lagano pretvara u pakao.« We all certainly know this feeling sometimes! A movie that became the biggest hit of 1992 also because they prohibited screening of all Western movies in Serbia. Well, but mostly because it’s an excellent comedy.

 

MUNJE

Munje represents the Belgrade nightlife in that bizarre after war state. If we talked about a common Slovenian genre of twenty-something losers that get into trouble on the previous list, this is the closest thing to a Balkan version of it.

 

CRNA MAČKA BELI MAČOR

Emir Kusturica is simply a genius. He proves it over and over and Crna mačka is his second movie on this list, next to Podzemlje. But when Emir focuses on Gypsies the result might be even better than his war movies.

 

DAVITELJ PROTIV DAVITELJA

A serial killer. In Belgrade. In the 80s. As a comedy. Do you need any more reasons to watch it?

 

PARADA

Despite it being the only movie on this list that was made after the collapse of Yugoslavia, it still holds so much of that brotherly and community spirit that makes it a must on our list. We wouldn’t only count it among the best Yugo movies, but among the best movies in general. A perfect comedy that pushes the stereotypes so close to the edge that less talented authors than Srdjan Dragojević would push it well over. But he manages to make us laugh without insulting anyone at the same time.