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Film Studies: National Cinemas

This guide highlights selected resources for various national cinemas.

Introduction to Yugoslav and Former Yugoslav Republics cinema

The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes was formed in 1918 (called Yugoslavia from 1929 until 2003). Some Lumière films were shown in Belgrade, Serbia on 6 June 1896; and in the 1910s, Karol Grossman in Slovenia and Milto and Yannakis Manaki in Macedonia/Greece produced a number of short actualities films. The earliest feature-length film made in the region was a Serbian production, Zivot i dela besmrtnog vozda Karadjordja/The Life and Work of the Immortal Leader Karadjordja (Čiča Ilija Stanojević, 1911). During World War II, communist partisans, under the leadership of half-Slovene half-Croat communist Josip Broz—also known as Tito—established a film policy and made a number of anti-Nazi propaganda films. With the formation of the communist Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946 the film industry was nationalized under the aegis of the National Film Company (DFJ), and film companies were established in Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Belgrade, the latter the site of an archive and film academy from 1949. Slavica (Vjekoslav Afric, 1947), a eulogy to the partisan resistance movement, typified the popular nation-building fare of the postwar period. Around fifteen or so films per year were released in the 1950s and early 1960s.   ...

[Source: Kuhn, A., & Westwell, G. (2012). "Yugoslavia, film in." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 23 Sep. 2020]

Searching the library's collections

For now, the subject heading below covers motion pictures in Yugoslavia as a whole and all of the Former Republics of Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia). The subject points to the same books in our collection no matter the republic name you use in the search.

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Other library resource(s)

Finding scholarly articles and journals for Yugoslav cinema

You can find scholarly literature for Yugoslav film in a variety of journals. However, if you want to do targeted searching, you can use a subject specific database such as Film & Television Literature Index. You can also use the search box at the top of the page.

Selected movie title(s)

Find more Yugoslav cinema titles in the library's online catalog.

Internet resource(s)