Movie Masquerade (1971.)

85 min

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A married woman becomes romantically involved with a basketball player and decides to get him just for herself.

1971.

85 min

SD

Slovenia

Genre

Drama

Production

Viba film

Masquerade

At the turn of the 1960s, Yugoslav media was splashed by a wave of eroticism, which did not pass the cinema. Back in 1969, Rudolf Sremec made an ironic short compilation documentary about it, called Anatomy of love (Anatomija ljubavi). However, Hladnik’s  movie Masquerade (Maškarada, 1971), co-produced in cooperation between Viba Film Ljubljana and Zagrebački kinematografi (formerly a screening company which, due to liberalization after the 1965 economic reform first introduced film distribution and then film production, represented the undisputed culmination of this trend). By genre, it was an erotic melodrama in which Dina (Zagreb actress Vida Jerman), wife of renowned director Gantar (Slovenian film and theater star Miha Baloh), falls in love with a young student and athlete Luka (the then very popular actor from Pula, Igor Galo); in order to keep him as much as possible at her side, she hires him as her son’s instructor. Gantar senses what’s going on, so he invites Luka, his girlfriend Petra (Blanka Jenko) and their company to the party, who organize wild parties in their spacious house. The production was very solid, but the script seemed thin, despite being written by renowned writer Vitomil Zupan, and the dialogues were taken care of by the equally renowned dramatist Dušan Jovanović. However, only few were interested in the fabula, when the main attraction was the numerous sex scenes, while at least twenty extras were hired for the aforementioned orgies in the style of the then dominant ”flower power”, in which there was also some homoeroticism. The music was composed by the ubiquitous Bojan Adamič, who occasionally used prominent representatives of the Slovenian rock scene – guitarist, composer and singer Janez Bončina and singer Ditka Haberl. The film was censored and a scene in which Dina’s and Gantar’s son Andre (Bojan Šestina) masturbates to his handsome instructor was thrown out, but was brought back in 1982. The film was a big hit across the former Yugoslavia but was temporarily removed from the repertoire after the restraint of liberalism after Karađorđevo. Author: Nenad Polimac

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