Movie Don't Cry, Peter (1964.)

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Two partisan coalminers need to take three orphan children away from dangerous area to the liberated land.

1964.

92 min

HD

Slovenia

Genre

Comedy

Production

Viba film

Don't Cry, Peter

After a great reverberation of the movie On That Lovely Day ( Tistega lepega dne), France Štiglic continued with comedies, but this time in partisan attire. Don't cry, Peter ( Ne joči, Peter) unexpectedly became one of the greatest successes, the movie was seen in Slovenian cinemas by over 82,000 viewers (thus approaching the results of Čap's Vesna and Don't Whisper ( Ne čakaj na maj)), and it performed well also on the Pula festival: it received the Silver Arena award for best movie (that meant the third prize of the festival), split the Golden Arena for directing and also received the Golden Arena for screenplay (Ivan Ribič) and music (Alojz Srebotnjak). The good reverberation is probably the result of an abundance of gags and mostly unobtrusive humour. The main characters are played by Slovenian stars Lojze Rozman and Bert Sotlar, and they are joined by Majda Potokar, who won the Golden Arena for the movie Wildlings ( Samorastniki) a year earlier and became an actress who was recognised outside Slovenia as well. Rozman and Sotlar play the partisans in charge of demining, but they already have enough of monotonous work along the railroad tracks. So they are happy when the commander (Dare Ulaga) entrusts them with a special task, but when they realise that it is their duty to look after the three children who are only burden to the troop, their enthusiasm quickly vanishes, especially since the youngest Peter is a true trouble-specialist. Along the way, partisan Magda (Potokar) joins them, who would rather arrest them for indiscipline, but as a minority, she must be silent and follow their burlesque adventures. Some are not even very harmless, especially when they run into German troops, but it is Peter who makes the dangerous situation even more dangerous. The film was advertised with the slogan "comedy about partisans and children", which may be one of the reasons for its popularity among viewers. Author: Nenad Polimac

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