Friday, January 16, 2009

Sjećaš li se, Dolly Bell

Muistatko Dolly Bellin? / Kommer du ihåg Dolly Bell? YU 1981. PC: Sutjeska Film, Televizija Sarajevo. D: Emir Kusturica. SC: Abdulah Sidran. DP: Vilko Filac. M: Zoran Simjanovic. LOC: Sarajevo. CAST: Slavko Stimac (Dino Zolje), Slobodan Aligrudic (father), Ljiljana Blagojevic (Dolly Bell), Mira Banjac (mother), Boro Stjepanovic (Cvikeras), Zika Ristic (Cica). 110 min. A SFI print deposited by Sandrews with Swedish subtitles by Kajsa von Hofsten. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 15 Jan 2009. - A beautiful print. - My favourite Kusturica film of the ones I have seen. It is the coming-of-age story of the 16 year old Dino who loves music, gets attracted to the young prostitute whom he shelters in his dovecote, and fights violently with her pimp. - Kusturica is a pupil of Jiri Menzel, and this film has also been compared with young Fellini (I vitelloni). - His film is totally original in its rhythm, vitality, feeling for life, community, family, how he portrays the authoritarian father, the Communist ideal, and the discovery of sex. It is satirical both about the party bureaucracy and the white slave trade conducted by the pimp. The most moving scene is the one where Dino has to witness Dolly Bell being taken by a row of sex-starved youngsters. He is crying in the rain.

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