Rent Underground (1995)

3.6 of 5 from 231 ratings
2h 40min
Rent Underground (aka Bila jednom jedna zemlja) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
This extraordinarily dramatic black tragicomedy is an epic tale of love, friendship and betrayal set against the complex historical backdrop of the former Yugoslavia. The story follows two likeable crooks - Marko (Miki Manojlovic), a charmer who manipulates everyone within his reach, and the foolish but loveable Blacky (Lazar Ristovski) - and Natalija (Mirjana Jokovic), an actress of easy virtue with whom they are both in love. The three become embroiled in a world of conflict, self-delusion and deceit - but where there are also moments of tenderness and love - in this visionary allegory of Balkan vitality, energy, humour and the will to survive.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Alain Depardieu, Milorad Vucelic, Karl Baumgartner, Pierre Spengler, Maksa Catovic
Writers:
Dusan Kovacevic, Emir Kusturica
Aka:
Bila jednom jedna zemlja
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Drama
Awards:

1995 Cannes Palme d'Or

BBFC:
Release Date:
23/10/2006
Run Time:
160 minutes
Languages:
Croatian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Cannes featurette
  • Theatrical trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/02/2016
Run Time:
170 minutes
Languages:
Croatian, Serbian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 'Once Upon a Time There Was a Country' (Emir Kusturica, 1995, 315 mins): the six-part TV version of 'Underground'
  • Shooting Days (Aleksandar Manic, 1996, 73 mins): documentary on the making of 'Underground' EPK Items (29 mins): behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the director, cast and production designer
  • Trailer (1 min)
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes:
- Once Upon a Time There Was a Country (Episodes 1 - 4)
Disc 3:
This disc includes:
- Once Upon a Time There Was a Country (Episodes 5 - 6)
- Special Features

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Reviews (2) of Underground

stunningly surreal gypsy flick - Underground review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
23/04/2009

This film starts with one of the most powerful sequences in European cinema, and sets the scene for a romp through a bizarre take on Balkan history through the last sixty years. Using powerful actors and even more powerful gypsy musicians Emir Kusturica explores the relationship between a pair of rogues and a classical femme fatale. If you liked Delicatessen, enjoy Gogol Bordello and want to travel somewhere exotic but are prevented by the credit crunch, then this is for you (but set a full night aside - it's nearly 3 hrs long!)

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Chaotic greatness. - Underground review by JD

Spoiler Alert
08/07/2009

This is a frantic and chaotic portrayal of Yugoslavia over the latter half of the 20th century. The pace is exhausting and exhilarating, but makes the plot difficult to follow. A comic tragedy of great worth. (Beware, also an epic.) I thought it was what world cinema was all about; the antithesis of Hollywood. Highly recommended.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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