Innocence Unprotected. A New Edition Of A Good Old Movie

Dusan Makavejev


Tit. Or.: “Nevinost Bez Zastite”; F.: Branko Perak, Stevan Miskovic; Int.: Dragoljub Aleksic, Ana Milosavljevic, Bartoljub Grigorijevic; 35mm. D.: 78’. Col.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Innocence Unprotected opens with a typically witty Makavejev introduction: “New production of one good old film arranged, decorated, and supplied with comments”. Here the director takes his penchant for introducing clips of other films to its extreme. The first Innocence Unprotected was a 1942 potboiler made secretely during the Nazi occupation by, and starring, locksmith and acrobat Dragoljub Aleksic. The story concerns a woman who hates her stepdaughter and wants to marry her off to a man the girl doesn’t love. The original film was a huge success, considered the first Serbian language feature, but modern viewers will respond to the combination of Aleksic’s shameless ego – his acrobatic exploits, banned by the Nazis, occupy much screen time – and Makavejev’s whimsical “decorations” to it. (Gary Morris,)

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