The Battle of Neretva (1969)

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World war two drama about the 1943 battle around the Neretva River between Axis forces and Yugoslav partisan units.



  • Lojze Rozman and Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic in The Battle of Neretva (1969)
  • Yul Brynner in The Battle of Neretva (1969)
  • Veljko Bulajic at an event for The Battle of Neretva (1969)
  • Orson Welles and Tomislav Pinter in The Battle of Neretva (1969)
  • Lojze Rozman and Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic in The Battle of Neretva (1969)
  • Nikola-Kole Angelovski and Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic in The Battle of Neretva (1969)

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10 May 2008 | rudimir-bombardinovic
| Saving Private Ryan on Yugoslavian way
There is something special about big films made in commanded economies. Because they had not only artistic but also educational and "raising national spirit" function, they were filmed with big budget and almost national participation (on more or less voluntary base)- forget Hollywood free market film.

This film is not exception - it's one of the biggest Yugoslavian projects made with dream team - most famous and appreciated actors and actresses, respected director and episode roles of famous international stars - Yul Brynner and Orson Wells.

The other side of the story with such films is theirs success. Most of them are to pathetic and politically made to be accepted anywhere beyond the borders of their own country. The Battle of Neretva is different - it became well accepted broad wide, mostly in third world but even is some high developed countries like Italy and even got nominated for Oscar.

So if you got lost and somehow find yourselves on this page and wonder what kind of film this is here's the summary - expensive Yugoslavian epic story with LOT and LOT of action in less explicit but Saving Private Ryan type spiced with Partisans (good guys) vs Nazis (bad guys) story.

Give it a chance - you may find it refreshing, original and interesting compared with Hollywood war films. Spielberg probably learned a lot watching it.

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