Cinema Komunisto

Dribbling Pictures   |   Yugoslavia

Using rare footage from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, as well as never-seen-before archive from film sets and Tito's private screenings, the documentary recreates the narrative of a country, the stories told on screen and the ones hidden behind it. Stars such as Richard Burton, Sofia Loren and Orson Welles add a touch of glamour to the national effort, appearing in super-productions financed by the state. Tito's favorite film director, his projectionist who showed him films every night for 30 years, the most famous actor of partisan films, and the director of the film studios with secret police connections all tell how the history of Yugoslavia was constructed on the screen. Cinema Komunisto uses archive in an innovative way, by using clips researched from over 300 feature (fiction) films to recreate the history of Yugoslavia, and examine how it was told on screen. Four years of research went into discovering never-seen-before archive that take us behind the scenes of Yugoslavia's film industry. The innovative use of archive and film clips creates a new way of seeing the material, and a dialogue between the interviews, the past and present. For the first time, archive from the Yugoslav Newsreels was digitally scanned and restored for this film, providing a precious look into a country that no longer exists.