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




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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) by Dusa Makaveyev, whose first film this was; Makaveyev would go on to international fame by virtue of 1967's controversial Love Affair: Or, the Case of the Missing Telephone Girl. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Special Interest , Romance
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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 23, 2006
Time Out
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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 8, 2005
New York Times
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June 30, 2005

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.

February 21, 2001
Apollo Guide

The film's poetry is subtle and telling.

December 31, 1999

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.
Walter M.

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Dusan Makavejev's feature film debut is an interesting take on the plight of the workers in 1960s Yugoslavia. Granted, most of the politics is lost on me and in this case I fear that perhaps some of the humor I love to see from Makavejev went with it, other statements seem to be perhaps too obvious. Still, the little love story nestled in there along with some beautiful cinematography make the film worth watching. It's not the director's best work, but everyone's gotta start somewhere.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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