Innocence Unprotected (1968)
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Critic Reviews for Innocence Unprotected
Makavejev's third film, an entrancing collage using excerpts from the first Serbian talkie, a hilariously naïve melodrama made in occupied Belgrade in 1942 with film stock stolen from the Germans.
I value Makavejev's extraordinary insights into ordinary affairs and his gentle juggling act with Acrobat Aleksic.
A funny and genuinely endearing tribute to an innocent folk hero -- bizarre in spots, and definitely Makavejev.
Early Makavejev which shows a number of his thematic elements taking shape in a witty, probing study of juxtaposition.
A delight with a style all its own.
Audience Reviews for Innocence Unprotected
This is an entertaining documentary about "Innocence Unprotected," the first film made in the Serbian language, during the Nazi Occupation of Yugoslavia in 1942. Showing near a German language film in Belgrade, it drew huge audiences and the attention of a Nazi official all the way from Berlin, temporarily getting the filmmakers in hot water. This could also be seen as one of the flashpoints of Serbian nationalism which does not end well... ...but this is only 1968 when most of the surviving cast and crew have gotten together to talk about their experiences and how they just wanted to make a movie and a little money. For Dragoljub Aleksic, the creative force behind the film, the idea was to make a film to showcase his athletic talents. 25 years later, he is still in top shape, even if he has to now wear a metal corset due to some tomfoolery in his past, unrelated to the human cannonball act he tried to start at one point. To be honest, at least from the clips shown here, the film looks like a shoddy and cliched melodrama. So, the moral of the documentary is you just never know.
This is a pretty brilliant and crazy mix of clips forming somewhat of a narrative. The clips are sourced mainly from Yugoslavia's first talkie entitled "Innocence Unprotected," which was written/directed/produced/starring Yugoslavian strongman Dragoljub Aleksic. This footage is intercut with present day interviews and other footage with Aleksic and the other cast members, as well as WWII and post-WWII footage from Yugoslavia.
One of the stranger documentaries ever made. It's a curious amalgam of clips from Yugoslavia's first talkie, present day interviews with the cast, high flying feats of daring, World War II footage, and poetry among other things; with each medium evoking another in what becomes a continuous stream of almost experimental imagery. It may not be one of the director's best works, but it certainly is a fascinating look at a culture pulled off with Makavejev's signature streak of comedy and eccentricity.
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