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Underground (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  20 June 1997 (USA)
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The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't ... See full summary »

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Milena Pavlovic ...
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Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ...
Deda (as Bata Stojkovic)
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Davor Dujmovic ...
Bata
Nele Karajlic ...
Falling Gypsy (as Dr. Nele Karajlic)
Branislav Lecic ...
Mustafa
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The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. Written by Anonymous

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Emir Kusturica threatened to quit film-making when Serbian critics denounced his epic work as propaganda promoting a united Yugoslavia. See more »

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ultimate film for YU-nostalgics
19 February 2006 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Kusturica believes (and so do I) that countries don't fall apart but are actively ripped apart. So if you want to see a short summary of Yugoslav history 1941-92 and an artist's view of why it fell apart, this movie will tell you more about it than many political books or articles. Almost everybody is portrayed with varying degrees of guilt: the communists for lying to the people, Germany for bombing Belgrade in 1941, Germany again for supplying the weapons in 1991, all nationalists... Please do not be surprised if you read negative reviews for Kusturica has stepped on many folks' feet. Invest some time, it's one of the best films in the past 15-20 years. BTW: The soundtrack is excellent, go listen.


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