Monday, July 27, 2009

Emir Kusturica-Sjecas li se, Dolly Bell (1981)

Emir Kusturica-Sjecas li se, Dolly Bell (1981)

Emir Kusturica-Sjecas li se, Dolly Bell (1981)
| 1425.0 MB | Runtime 1:49:34 | color |
Language : Serbo-Croatian
Optional subtitles : English / Turkish
Audio : AC3 , 48000 Hz , 224 Kb/s , 2-ch
Video : XviD , 1450 Kb/s , 23.97 frm/s , 640x400 (1.66:1)

A thoughtful and moving story of a sixteen-year-old boy who learns to deal with the unique difficulties of becoming an adult in Sarajevo in the 1960's. Young Dino Zolje grows up under the shadow of his good, but ailing father and gets attracted by the world of small time criminals. Then comes Dolly Bell, a lovely cabaret girl that turns his world upside down. (-DVD cover)

A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young prostitute and he falls in love with her. (

Emir Kusturica's first film Do You Remember Dolly Bell? is a bittersweet comedy set in the former Yugoslavia during the 1960s. The film, which won the Golden Lion Prize at the 1981 Venice Film Festival, is both a coming of age story and a tribute to the city of Sarajevo, long before it was devastated by civil war. To the chagrin of his strict Communist father (Slobodan Aligrudic), sixteen-year old Dino (Slavo Stimac) is more into hypnosis and self-help mantras than Marxist ideology. He recites the phrase "Every day in every way I'm getting better and better" and sings in a new band mandated by the local Eastern European bureaucracy as they relax the Communist grip and allow some influence of Western culture. (

Quite simply, this is - together with "When Father Was Away on Business" - Kusturica's best film. Stylistically, the film is quite different from Kusturica's later efforts, starting with "Time of the Gypsies", but this film needs no flashy style to impress you; it is the way Kusturica tells the story and the nature of characters that draws you in instantaneously. (

A lot of it has to do with the screenwriter Abdulah Sidran who also worked with Kusturica on the follow-up "When Father..." (which, incidentally, deals with the same family), and who more than successfully translated his, Kusturica's and, in a way, Sarajevo's collective past onto a page (Sidran has a book by the same title) and the basis for the film. In many respect, this is the film that introduced Sarajevo and its cultural idiosyncrasies to the rest of then-Yugoslavia and put it on the country's cultural map. (

After all, Dolly Bell is a victim of the one of them , and Dino tryes to rescue her in the name of love what gives the movie romantic note.One more good thing in the movie is guaranteed – the music.It's simply marvelously selected so it really gives the right image of the '60s in Sarajevo (of course you ought to know that in the '70s Sarajevo became capital of ex-yugoslav rock 'n' roll , so in some way movie represents roots of rock 'n' roll in Yugoslavia). So , what more to say than – watch the movie and you'll remember Dolly Bell for the rest of your life. (

Whatever you may think of Kusturica and his later films, you cannot deny the superbness and extraordinary importance of his early works. ( (14 * 100 MB + 25.0 MB)


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