Innocence Unprotected

  • 1968
  • 1 HR 15 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

In 1942, Aleksic, a Yugoslavian gymnast and stunt man, wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a film titled INNOCENCE UNPROTECTED. Its simple plot concerns an acrobat with a pure heart rescuing young Milosavljevic from the clutches of her evil stepmother, Jovanovic. The final production was subsequently confiscated by the Nazis, fading into cinema obscurity....read more

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In 1942, Aleksic, a Yugoslavian gymnast and stunt man, wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a film titled INNOCENCE UNPROTECTED. Its simple plot concerns an acrobat with a pure heart rescuing young Milosavljevic from the clutches of her evil stepmother, Jovanovic. The final production

was subsequently confiscated by the Nazis, fading into cinema obscurity. Aleksic himself was accused (but later exonerated) of collaborating with the enemy. In 1968 Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev discovered the long-forgotten movie and reworked it into a film collage, a technique Makavejev

further explored in WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM. He hand-tinted some of the original footage and edited in newsreels of Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. To this was added vintage documentary footage of Aleksic performing various stunts and new scenes with surviving members of the original film's cast

and crew. The result is a wonderful and highly unusual film experience. Makavejev called it "a montage of attractions," an investigation of reality and illusion. The film is often confusing but full of ironies and biting humor, with a youthful exuberance emanating from both the director and

Aleksic. A real love for the film medium irradiates the production.

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