Man is not a bird
Man Is Not a Bird
Covek nije tica is a European art film made in It was the first film from director Dusan Makavejev. In a review, Vincent Canby described it "by far the.full with
Man Is Not a Bird is an antic, free-form portrait of the love lives of two less-than-heroic men who labor in a copper factory. Yet the result is hardly a staid tribute to the working class. By Michael Koresky. The Serbian filmmaker, who rose to cinematic fame or infamy depending on who you ask in Communist Yugoslavia in the sixties and early seventies, believed in breaking all the rules. Influenced as much by Mickey Mouse cartoons and Laurel and Hardy two-reelers as he was by Russian silent films and s British documentaries, Makavejev constructed unpredictable, genre-defying works that opposed the bureaucracy and dogmatic teachings of the socialist state.
Man is Not a Bird (Covek nije tica)
Communist Party-sanctioned cinema had saturated the Yugoslav and Eastern European screens with images of workers. Newsreels, features and documentaries had exalted the Messianic role of the proletariat, developing characters, a visual style and an ethics that had not only lost connection to reality, but also seemed to have forever displaced the image of the worker in the realm of the spectacular. For filmmakers like Makavejev, telling the truth about the condition of the proletariat was not so much a question of overcoming censorship, which in the s relaxed a lot of its former grip on artistic production, but rather one that concerned an ethics of representation.