Dušan Makavejev  

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Dušan Makavejev (born 13 October 1932 in Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is a Serbian film director and screenwriter, famous for his groundbreaking films of Yugoslav cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s, many of which are part of the Black Wave. His most successful movie was the 1971 political satire WR: Mysteries of the Organism, which he directed and wrote.


His first three feature films Man Is Not a Bird (1965), Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (1967) starring actress and icon of the "black wave" period in film Eva Ras, and Innocence Unprotected (1968) won Dušan Makavejev international acclaim. The latter won him the Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1970 he was a member of the jury at the 20th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1991 he was a member of the jury at the 17th Moscow International Film Festival.

His next movie W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971, starring Milena Dravić, Jagoda Kaloper, and Ivica Vidović) was banned in Yugoslavia due to sexual-political content and resulted in Makavejev's exile from the country, which ended in 1988. In 1974 Sweet Movie was made in Canada (while Makavejev was in exile) with its explicit depictions of sex and urination also relegated the film to Art house audiences and has been banned in several places. There was a span of seven years before he released his next film, Montenegro. It was a successful (and more conventional) black comedy. The Coca-Cola Kid, set in Australia and based on short stories by Frank Moorhouse, is perhaps his most accessible picture; it featured performances by Eric Roberts and Greta Scacchi. He also appeared as one of the narrators in the film Zabranjeni bez zabrane (Banned without being banned) which shows a profound insight into the history of Yugoslav cinema through censorship, and which asks how famous anti-communist movies from Yugoslavia succeeded in being made, as well as considering their consequences. The film contains original interviews with the most important dissident filmmakers from the communist era.


Makevejev directed the following movies:

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