Movie Three (1965.)

80 min

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Three situations in which Miloš deals with death.

1965.

80 min

FULL HD

Serbia

Genre

Drama

Production

Avala Film

Three

In his first two films, Two (Dvoje, 1961) and Days (Dani, 1963) Aleksandar Petrović presented himself as a modernist with role models ranging from the authors of the French New Wave to Michelangelo Antonioni; his subsequent achievement Three (Tri, 1965), also produced by the Belgrade-based film company Avala Film, in which Petrović occasionally also worked as a dramaturge, was completely independent, as recognized by the international public: at the renowned Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Petrović was awarded the first prize and in Pula he shared the Grand Golden Arena for Best Festival Film Golden with Vatroslav Mimica, who directed Prometheus from the Island of Viševica (Prometej s otoka Viševice). Petrović’s movie was also nominated for an Oscar. Inspired by a collection of short stories written by Antonio Isaković, Fern and Fire (Paprat i vatra), Petrović opted for the triptych form, and the impression of the whole was aided by the director’s decision to give each of the three stories a different visual and dramatic effect, in which he had a great associate in the director of photography, Tomislav Pinter. The first story, all in short shots, takes place on the eve of the outbreak of war, at a train station where masses of people eagerly and anxiously await the train and where judgments are easily made: so the student Miloš (Velimir Bata Živojinović) witnesses when a stranger with an unusual accent (Slobodan Perović) is convicted of being an enemy agent because he split from his family for a moment. In the second story, Miloš is a partisan on the run, who meets another stray combatant in the vast expanses of the Neretva valley (Slovenian actor Ali Raner). They both hope to escape German patrols: this story is the most effective  because of the continuous change of perspectives; sometimes dominates a German pilot who from the heights plays with the fugitives, and sometimes two partisans cannot find shelter on the ground made of water and low shrubs. In the third story with the least dialogue and lack of action, Miloš is a partisan veteran who is obviously tired of war, and from his window flirts with a strikingly elegant woman (then popular singer Senka Veletanlić also acted in Nikola Tanhofer’s film The Dawn (Svanuće), who was sentenced to death for having an affair with an occupying officer. In all three stories, Miloš doesn’t do anything, fails to save anyone, he is only near death, which makes the whole more dramatic and layered. Author: Nenad Polimac

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