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Man Is Not a Bird

1966 1h 12m Drama List
100% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 78% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A Serbian engineer (Janez Vrhovec) falls for a younger woman (Milena Dravic), but he is inept at courtship. Read More Read Less

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Geoff Andrew Time Out Makavejev's first feature is a delightful, typically eccentric concoction. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times 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. Rated: 5/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 30, 2005 Full Review Film4 Staff Film4 There are better attempts at mixing politics and social commentary, but this is a lot of fun. May 24, 2003 Full Review Scott Renshaw Apollo Guide A stylish film with some real bite. Rated: 75/100 Feb 21, 2001 Full Review Christopher Null The film's poetry is subtle and telling. Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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Drew B Absolute snooze fest. Two totally unrelated stories. Dumb blonde sleeps with two men. Abusive husband acts stupid. What is so revolutionary about this film, that communist yugos decided to film softcore porn? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/04/23 Full Review dave j Friday, December 14, 2012 (1965) Man Is Not A Bird (In Yugoslavakia with English subtitles) SOCIAL COMMENTARY/ DRAMA/ NEOREALIST Written and directed by Dusan Makavejev centering on a small community which much of the employment produces several types of medal from lead to iron to copper. An elder gentleman comes by for the purpose of improving productivity by installing machinery that can cut the company's costs. Apparently, this old gentleman is an engineer and during his stay strikes a physical relationship with a 22 year old lady who happens to be the daughter of the landlords whose renting to him. The movie appears to be plotless showcasing the actors actions with many actual locations but engrossing nevertheless. There's also a hypnotist who appears at the beginning and then toward somewhere near the end which theirs supposed to be a direct correaltion between that and the workers. 3 out of 4 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member ok romance movie as a worker falls for a co worker his junior. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review walter m "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. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the greatest of all debut films, Dusan Makavejev's startlingly original free form depiction of life in and around a mining factory in Communist Yugoslavia. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Another great, unconventional film from Makavejev. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A Serbian engineer (Janez Vrhovec) falls for a younger woman (Milena Dravic), but he is inept at courtship.
Dusan Makavejev
Dusan Makavejev
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Release Date (DVD)
Oct 13, 2009
1h 12m