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Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

Ljubavni slucaj ili tragedija sluzbenice P.T.T.

After many adventures, a young female switchboard operator starts a relationship with a serious young man

This infinitely mind-bending exploration of love, freedom and shared political attitudes between a young telephonist and a middle-aged rodent exterminator is also a tragic romance set within the gleefully satirical confines of Dušan Makavejev’s freewheeling cinema.

The film therefore has no choice but to quickly spiral into an exercise in reflexivity that calls into question the earnestness of both intimacy and socialist realism.

Tongue-in-cheek interviews with sexologists and criminologists further demonstrate the director’s dexterity in blending genres along with his skill in fashioning sophisticated humanistic melodrama. 

  • DIRECTOR: Dušan Makavejev
  • Duration: 70 mins
  • Country: Yugoslavia
  • Language: Serbo-Croatian and German with English subtitles
  • Date: 1967
  • Format: 35 mm, Black & White
  • Courtesy: Bojana Makavejev
  • Source: BFI
  • Rating: M

Event starts
Wednesday 12 December, 2018
Event Ends
Wednesday 12 December, 2018
Venue
ACMI
Venue Address
Federation Square, Flinders St
Location

Melbourne,

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