A man, a passionate reader of detective novels and horror stories, tends to immerse himself into an imaginary world. When he takes the road at the dead of night, torrential rain forces him to take shelter at an inn. Although not very welcoming, it’s the only sign of life in the area. The host, the place and the people present only increase our character’s feeling of fear. Chills are guaranteed in this parody of a film noir that is a reminder of German expressionism, with a magnificent play of shade and light. Miletić brilliantly uses the narrative strengths of editing here. —Europa Film Treasures
Oktavijan Miletić (October 1, 1902 – August 17, 1987) was a Croatian cinematographer and director. His avant-garde work in the period from 1928 to 1945 remains as one of the foundations of Croatian film.
Miletić was one of the founders of the Zagreb film club in 1928.
Miletić participated in an amateur film competition in Paris in 1933 with his Poslovi konzula Dorgena and received an award from Louis Lumière. His 1937 film Šešir was the first Croatian movie filmed with sound. In the Independent State of Croatia, Miletić filmed three cultural films for Germany’s Tobis Film: Hrvatski kipari, Hrvatski seljački život and Agram, die Hauptstadt Kroatien. While all three films were originally thought lost, Daniel Rafaelić discovered Hrvatski seljački život in a Vienna film archive in 2004 and in 2008 discovered Agram, die Hauptstadt Kroatien in a German film archive.
In 1942 he filmed Barok u Hrvatskoj, about the life of count Janko Drašković. In 1944 Miletić filmed the… read more