Scen.: Karpo Godina, Slobodan Mašić. F., M.: Karpo Godina. Mus.: Predrag Vranešević, Grupa Med. Int.: Protagonists (workers, soldiers of the Yugoslav Army). Prod.: Zastava Film 35mm. D.: 10’. Col.
A similar misfortune befell About the Art of Love or a Film with 14441 Frames (1972), a film that Godina shot while serving the army, and was even fully produced by the Yugoslav Army, which wanted to employ Godina’s talents as a cinematographer to its own benefit. Godina took what they offered him but instead of delivering a militaristic propaganda short, he interwove the military footage with shots of a nearby village where no less than 7,000 single women lived at the time, completely isolated from the boys serving the army. The alternation of mass scenes depicting only men and then only women is accompanied by a romantic chanson, endlessly going on about “one thousand soldiers, one thousand women, but no children”. Godina barely escaped imprisonment and had to steal his film from the Army to keep it.
Da: Slovenska Kinoteka.
Restored in 2016 in 3K by Slovenska Kinoteka in collaboration with Österreichisches Filmmuseum from the 35mm original camera picture negative and optical soundtrack negative preserved at Zastava Film. Additional reference materials were provided by the films archives of the Republic of Slovenia. Image restoration by Österreichisches Filmmuseum. Sound restoration by L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory