F.: Louis de Beery; Int.: Milorad Petrović, Čiča Ilija Stanojević; Prod.:Svetozar Botorić 35mm. L.: 1123 m. D.: 55’ a 18f/s. Bn.
For a long time, even before WW2, it has been known that the first Serbian feature film – Karadjordje or The Life and Deeds of the Immortal Leader Karadjordje – was shot in 1911. It was a historical drama about the First Serbian Uprising in 1804 against the Turkish rule and about the Serbian leader Karadjordje (Black George). Some facts about the film, based on the secondary sources (contemporary press comments, memoirs) were also known: that the producer was Svetozar Botorić, the owner of the first Belgrade and Serbian cinema theater, that the film was directed by theater director Ilija Stanojević, nicknamed Čiča Ilija (Uncle Ilija) and that it was photographed by a foreign operator named Louis de Beery. It was also known that the leading actor was Milorad Petrović. In spite of many efforts undertaken by Jugoslovenska Kinoteka no part of this film could be found and the film Karadjordje was given up for lost. And then, suddenly, in the summer of 2003, a print of this film was found in the Filmarchiv Austria in Vienna. The film has been restored and was presented on February 14, 2004 – the 200th anniversary day of the First Serbian Uprising.
Marjan Vujović – Jugoslovenka Kinoteka