Ante Babaja (6 October 1927 – 14 January 2010) was a notable Croatian film director and screenwriter.
Babaja finished high school in Zagreb before going on to enrol at the University of Zagreb where he studied law and economy. He started working in filmmaking in 1949, and his first job was as assistant director to Krešimir Golik on the making of Golik’s 1950 feature film Blue 9 (Plavi 9). Babaja’s directorial debut was the 1955 documentary short Jedan dan u Rijeci. He went on to film several short films before directing is first feature film The King’s New Clothes (Carevo novo ruho) in 1961, a screen adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s short tale.
In the mid 1960s Babaja made several experimental documentary films, before filming The Birch Tree (Breza, 1967), his most well known film which is today regaded as one of the classic films of Croatian cinema. In the following decades Babaja turned to directing documentary films and only made a handful of feature films. Nevertheless… read more
Plaža 1966, Starice 1976, Ogledalo 1955, Nesporazum 1958, Pozdravi s Jadrana 1958, Opasnosti pri radu u lukama 1959 (probably last in the list of priorities, but still able to show that b/w docs, whatever their bias, rule supreme), Uradi sam 1960 (diy tutorial), Kabina 1966. of these, Nesporazum, but especially Plaža, deserve to be here.