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on 3 July 2017
Perfect. Thanks, Jose
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 January 2010
This is Emir Kusturica's debut movie and was crowned with the Golden Lion at the 1981 Venice Film Festival.

It follows the coming of age of Dino (Slavko Stimac), set in the background of a summer in Sarajevo of the late 60s. He struggles in his growing up between his slightly eccentric father, a group of friends at the local culture centre, the then new rock'n'roll and movie culture (24.000 Baci and Europa di notte feature strongly), and perhaps most importantly provides temporary shelter to 'Dolly Bell' - a young prostitute he falls in love with.

Infused into the movie is the immersion in a fairly naive and innocent communism, hypnosis for self betterment and music, all of which provide the first inklings of Kusturica's later movie themes.

The acting is excellent throughout and one will recognise many of the characters that grace Kusturica's later movies as well.

If you enjoyed Underground [DVD] [1995], When Father Was Away On Business [DVD] [1985], Time Of The Gypsies (1988) Dom za vesanje (VHS VIDEO PAL) english subtitles,Arizona Dream [DVD] [1995], or Black Cat, White Cat [1998] [DVD], this is a must see movie. Perhaps lacking the comic elements of the later movies, it is still recognisably part of the common theme woven by Kusturica.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 10 August 2013
Do you remember Dolly Bell? is set in Sarajevo in the 1960s, against a backdrop of Hollywood films and Italian pop songs (or one in particular, called 24 000 baci) that sit oddly next to the Communist community centre frequented by the main characters, their pop band, and the family home of the main character, 16-year-old Dino. The latter finds himself sheltering a prostitute whom he then falls in love with, quite touchingly. He also tries to hypnotise his pet rabbit - apparently successfully - in the belief that hypnosis is the way to Communism. The film is a mixture of oddball humour, presumably in a style unique to Emir Kusturica whose other films I don't know. I thought this was occasionally a little grating in that scenes with the father, who has a style very much his own, went on a little too long, while the sexual politics of the society shown certainly weren't very enlightened. However this is not really what the film is about; rather it focuses on a young lad in the throes of his first infatuation, memorably crying in the rain, moved to courage on the girl's behalf, and his gang who seem rather less emotionally responsive, who form a band together. It has a certain sexiness, some pathos, and a zany take on the world that makes for a singular cinematic effect. The settings are constantly interesting and atmospheric, the tone perhaps most resembling that of Closely Observed Trains.
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on 29 July 2015
I'm afraid I can't agree with the 3 reviews posted so far, and find Kusturica one of the most overrated directors. How this won the Golden Lion is beyond me. Admittedly this film, being his first, isn't as OTT as later ones, but the characters are uninteresting and the set-up ridiculous. Hiding an attractive prostitute in the attic without the rest of the family cottoning on is an adolescent boy's fantasy, and hardly convincing. I suppose she taught him the facts of life later, but I gave up before that.
Kusturica is better-known, but inferior to, his fellow-Serb and rival Goran Paskaljevic. Living in London I've had the chance to see almost all of Paskaljevic's films. None is available on lovefilm, but they're all worth seeking out, particularly "Guardian Angel", "Tango Argentino" and "Cabaret Balkan."
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on 8 January 2017
Believe me this trash is not worth remembering
Its badly filmed horrible acting and a story about nothing.
If you want to spend money give it yo charity at least some good will come of it
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on 29 April 2012
Emir Kusturica films always stay with me for a long time . This one is no different, the acting and script capture the essence of the era in a very realistic way. It is a very absorbing piece of drama which depicts 'rites of passage' not only into manhood, the ways of the world but also a youth 'dipping it's toes' into new political and western- influenced culture. The repetition of an Italian song is almost symbolic of a determination to throw off Eastern- European style communism and embrace the West. I still can't get the song out of my head.
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