Man is Not a Bird (Covek nije tica) (1965)

Man is Not a Bird (Covek nije tica)


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The Yugoslav Man is Not a Bird stars Milena Dravic as a Serbian heavy-machinery specialist. A lifelong bachelor, Dravic suddenly falls for Eva Ras, several years his junior. Though a flawlessly expert engineer, Dravic is hopelessly inept when its comes to courtship. He eventually loses Ras to someone who knows the score. The predictable but likeable Man is Not a Bird is directed in a refreshing free-form fashion (intercutting "reality" footage of the bleakness indigenous to mid-1960s Yugoslavia) … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Dusan Makavejev
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On DVD: Oct 13, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Man is Not a Bird (Covek nije tica)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Makavejev's first feature is a delightful, typically eccentric concoction.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It was made in 1966, and it is by far the most original, intelligent, witty and important film I've seen so far this year.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

There are better attempts at mixing politics and social commentary, but this is a lot of fun.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

A stylish film with some real bite.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Apollo Guide

The film's poetry is subtle and telling.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

June 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for Man is Not a Bird (Covek nije tica)

"Man Is Not a Bird" is set in a mining town in Yugoslavia, where apparently the temporary populace has been hypnotized into moving to by the Party. As a result of so many unattached men and so much alcohol, sexual violence is rampant, starting with a stabbing incident where a woman was singing.(To be perfectly honest, I do not think it was her singing the men were getting hot and bothered about.) Barbul(Stole Arandjelovic) not only has a mistress but gives her his wife's(Eva Ras) dresses which she is, of course, apoplectic about. He works at a smiting plant where Jan(Janez Vrhovec) is installing turbines and has rented a room from Rajka(Milena Dravic).

Everything you need to know about or could possibly want to know about the film "Man Is Not a Bird" is in its title. Or look at it this way, man is not a migratory creature by nature. However, some people prefer a vagabond lifestyle and there is nothing wrong with this. The problem comes as it does in modern day China, as shown in the documentary "The Last Train Home," where the migrating workforce has led to the disintegration of families throughout the country.

Walter M.

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