Movie Raid on Drvar (1963.)

105 min

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At the beginning of 1944 Hitler orders general Rendulich to destroy Josip Broz Tito as soon as possible and the ressistance movement in Yugoslavia which is a constant threat to the Germans.

1963.

105 min

HD

Serbia

Genre

Drama

Production

Avala Film

Raid on Drvar

Fadil Hadžić showed considerable courage when he decided, with relatively modest financial means, to make a partisan spectacle, namely the "Seventh enemy offensive" or "Horsie jump", by which the Germans tried to liquidate Josip Broz Tito, the leader of the Partisans. They found out that he was hiding with his headquarters in one of the caves in Drvar and encircled him with a well-prepared action, entrusted to General Rendulich (Maks Furijan). The celebration of Tito's birthday was approaching, so they expected less caution from their enemies; eventually, the whole manoeuvre failed. Fortunately, Hadžić had a clever concept, he decided to mix documentary and feature parts, so he meticulously managed to present the story Raid on Drvar ( Desant na Drvar, 1963), for which he wrote the screenplay together with the Belgrade writer Bora Ćosić. There are actually few characters in the film, beside the aforementioned Rendulić there is a partisan Milan (Ljubiša Samardžić), his older friend Vasina (Pavle Vujisić) in charge of the humorous parts, Milan's sister Lepa (Marija Lojk) and the American photojournalist Charlie (Franek Trefalt). Each of them brings out an important dramatic section, and especially effective is that in which German photographers try to force captured Lepa to raise her hands in the air as a sign of surrender, and she persistently lowers them; that part of the movie is inserted by Hadžić with real war photos of a captured partisan woman. Hadžić did not directly state this, but he noted that his colleagues who had already made such films (this could have been only Veljko Bulajić, who shot Kozara in 1962), made a bad advertisement for Tito, claiming that he was trivializing the national liberation struggle. However, Tito watched the movie and liked it a lot, as well as the audience that made it into one of the biggest hits of the year. The film director had hoped that the president would be able to watch the movie one more time in the Pula arena, but an earthquake broke out in Skopje and the president had to bypass Pula. At the festival, the movie Raid on Drvar received a special diploma for production, and the role of Maks Furjan was singled out. Author: Nenad Polimac

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