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Love Affair; Or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

1967 1h 15m Comedy Drama List
100% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 73% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Izabela (Eva Ras) is a Yugoslavian switchboard operator whose striking good looks -- and penchant for early Soviet-era communist propaganda films -- win her the favor of Ahmed (Slobodan Aligrudic), an exterminator who shares her absurdist sense of humor and fiery political stance. Their romance blossoms until Izabela's body is found at the bottom of a well, leading police to investigate whether the death was accidental or in fact a carefully planned murder. Read More Read Less

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Peter Bradshaw Guardian This film is a short, sharp shock of exhilaration and artistic dissent. Rated: 5/5 Aug 14, 2023 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times You have to be the victim of a certain state of mind to appreciate the humor and truth of Makavejev. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 6, 2007 Full Review Time Out Given that four of Makavejev's first five features are essentially the same film, it seems increasingly unlikely that he'll ever improve on this, his second movie, the most interesting and concentrated treatment of his recurrent themes. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Jacques Aumont Cahiers du Cinéma The magnificent simplicity and effectiveness of the film's construction is in itself already sufficient guarantee of innovation and modernity. Mar 3, 2021 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Celebrates the force of sexuality even as it clashes, tragically, with traditional ideology Sep 25, 2009 Full Review TV Guide A tender, sweet, and ultimately very sad film. Rated: 3/4 Nov 6, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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dave j (In Yugoslavia with English subtitles) Co-written and directed by Dusan Makavejev with an examination between Izabela, (Eva Rass) the telephone operator living in a crummy apartment and her eventual meeting with Ahmed (Slobodan Aligrudic) a sanitarni inspektor fall in love with one another leading to one thing after another Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Bizarre cult favorite from Yugoslavia is strange, funny and disgusting. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review s r So much character is in this film. A Hungarian beauty dating a Turk in Yugoslavia while being critiqued by a sexologist and a autopsy expert. It was short and sweet. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I thought this was well-directed and interesting. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review eric b This early Dusan Makavejev film is short on budget and acting talent, but is an interesting pointer to the director's later works. Typically, its tone is wildly eclectic -- the narrative breaks up a doomed tale of misfit romance with academic talk from a sexologist, a cooking segment, the history of the grey rat, satirical nods to propaganda film (patriotic marches everywhere) and a daring amount of nudity. There's also a crucial sex scene that's inexplicably symbolized via sort of a rotating tableau vivant that looks borrowed from a surrealist silent. And all this happens within a brisk 70 minutes. Despite the dour plot, Makavejev's gleefully anarchic style creates a mood that's more droll than sad. Cineastes will appreciate his unique quirks, but viewers expecting a character study may complain that the director's whims undercut the story's emotional pull. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A great little movie. Love, sex, politics, class, and accidental murder. Yum. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
Love Affair; Or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

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Synopsis Izabela (Eva Ras) is a Yugoslavian switchboard operator whose striking good looks -- and penchant for early Soviet-era communist propaganda films -- win her the favor of Ahmed (Slobodan Aligrudic), an exterminator who shares her absurdist sense of humor and fiery political stance. Their romance blossoms until Izabela's body is found at the bottom of a well, leading police to investigate whether the death was accidental or in fact a carefully planned murder.
Director
Dusan Makavejev
Screenwriter
Dusan Makavejev
Production Co
Avala Film
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
Serbian
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 25, 2018
Runtime
1h 15m