This free-associative, utterly unclassifiable film—assembled from the “lost” footage of the first Serbian talkie, a silly melodrama titled Innocence Unprotected —is one of Makavejev’s most freewheeling farces.
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More magpie nest film making from Makavejev in this fascinating collage of found film interspersed with newsreel and new documentary footage for an amusing commentary on political power and invasion, not to say the subject’s undimmed ego.
The energy of everyone involved, as well in the original Innocence Unprotected, as in this Film, which tries to rehabilitate the original, is just inescapable. And the collage on four levels, between originial material, archive footage, inserts and fresh material, is just as dialectic about the film, filmmaking, the political situation of the era as it gets!