During the Tempo Documentary Festival programmers at the Swedish Cinemateque set up a double-bill – the screening of Cinema Komunisto followed by a rare screening of Veljko Bulajic’s epic film “The Battle of Neretva”. It was exciting to see such a preserved copy of this 1969 Academy-Award nominated film, which was recently named one of the top ten WWII films ever made.
DP Tomislav Pinter’s stunning photography was on display in this remarkably preserved copy of the film, which is far better than the copies that remain in the former Yugoslavia. It was also stunning to hear the musical score of Bernard Herrmann, which differs from the music used in the domestic (and uncut) version of the film. A Q&A with programmer Anders Annikas helped set up the link between Cinema Komunisto and the history of Yugoslav cinema, introducing the audience to the making-of story of ‘The Battle of Neretva”.
Programme notes for The Battle of Neretva – a selection of press quotes from 1969 was handed out to the audience.
Many thanks for a wonderful evening to the Cinemateket programming team!