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Man Is Not a Bird

Makavejev's first feature is a delightful, typically eccentric concoction, centred very loosely indeed around a story about an engineer who visits a new town to assemble mining machinery. There his devotion to work fouls up his relationship with his beloved, while a fellow worker encounters problems when his wife discovers he has a mistress. A freewheeling kaleidoscope mixing comedy and social comment as it deals with both labour and sexual politics, not to mention many seemingly unrelated topics such as hypnotism and culture (there's a marvellous climactic scene with Beethoven performed in an enormous foundry while the heroine conjures her own ode to joy), it defies description but is extremely entertaining.

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Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Dusan Makavejev
Screenwriter: Dusan Makavejev
Cast: Milena Dravic
Janez Vrhovec
Eva Ras
Stojan Arandelovic
Boris Dvornik
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