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Gorilla Bathes at Noon

1993 1h 23m Drama List
71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 56% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
The division between East and West Germany is no more, and so Russian officer Lazutkin (Svetozar Cvetkovic) is stranded in Berlin with no orders, no underlings and no comrades with which to sympathize. As he aimlessly treks through the city, he rants about politics to no one in particular, tries to tidy up a defaced statue of Lenin and begins an affair with lovely Miki Miki (Anita Mancic). When he squints enough, Miki Miki looks a lot like Lenin, and Berlin doesn't seem to have changed much. Read More Read Less

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David Stratton Variety Though his new offering lacks the vigor and anarchy of his best work, it's still immensely likable. Nov 7, 2007 Full Review Time Out Not riveting. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Without quite returning to his Yugoslav roots or regaining all the energy of his early features, Dusan Makavejev gets back to the sources of some of his best 60s and 70s work. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Though it's not the best starting point into Makavejev's discordant filmography, Gorilla Bathes at Noon is in keeping with his penchant for political ironies and though much less sensational than his most famous works, is still worth a look. Rated: 2.5/5 Sep 30, 2020 Full Review TV Guide An oddly elegiac comedy. Rated: 3/4 Nov 7, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 3, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member My favorite of Makavejev's late films. The montage isn't as complicated as in WR: Mysteries of the Organism but it's a very intelligent film nonetheless. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review jack c An odd little movie- odd even for Dusan Makavejev (and this guy did WR Mysteries of the Organism!)- but it has its moments. Most affecting is seeing the tearing down of a Lenin statue in Berlin inter-cut with footage from 1945 of Berliners winning the war. Some of it works, some not - it's the only movie I'll ever see where the main character spends time making out with a female Lenin dressed in a beard and then later on helps to pick out the bullet that's in the female-Lenin's brain. A shame it isn't always this weird though, and maybe a little dull too. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Brilliant. I loved the gorillas. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was almost unnoticed in Yugoslavia. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The division between East and West Germany is no more, and so Russian officer Lazutkin (Svetozar Cvetkovic) is stranded in Berlin with no orders, no underlings and no comrades with which to sympathize. As he aimlessly treks through the city, he rants about politics to no one in particular, tries to tidy up a defaced statue of Lenin and begins an affair with lovely Miki Miki (Anita Mancic). When he squints enough, Miki Miki looks a lot like Lenin, and Berlin doesn't seem to have changed much.
Director
Dusan Makavejev
Producer
Alfred Hurmer, Bojana Marijan, Joachim von Vietinghoff
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 23m