Who's Singin' Over There? (Ko To Tamo Peva 1980)

WHO’S SINGIN’ OVER THERE“ – One of the most brilliant Serbian films of all time

Slobodan Šijan’s highly paced cult debut Who’s Singin’ Over There? (written by famous Serbian playwright & screenwriter Dušan Kovačević) revolves around a group of bus passengers heading towards Belgrade. The story is set on the 5th of April 1941,  one day before the Nazis invaded Yugoslavia by bombarding Belgrade. The unlikely voyagers on the rusty bus seem to come from all parts of the kingdom – there is a World War I veteran, a TB-infected, moaner, a pop singer eager to attract the attention of a fellow female passenger, the woman’s husband, an unlucky hunter, a Nazi sympathizer, and finally the bus crew – father and son (conductor and driver), who are careful to “comply with the rules” until one of the passengers dares them to drive two kilometres blind-folded without crashing the bus.

    1. Initial release: January 1, 1980
      Director: Slobodan Šijan
      Music by: Vojislav Kostić
      Written by: Dušan Kovačević
      Serbo-Croatian: Ko to tamo peva


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Slobodan Sijan and his writer Dusan Kovacevic, whose first feature was the similarly themed but not as effective “Who’s Singin’ Over There?,” are telling us right off that an era is ending. At the same time, the ceremonial pomp and circumstance in the newsreels is so elaborate and stupendous as to be amusingly self-deflating, thus providing a prologue for the demolishing humor to come. By its end, “The Marathon Family” has skewered not only timeless human greed and folly but also foreshadowed the unparalleled barbarity so shortly to sweep over Europe with World War II. Yet Sijan and Kovacevic’s ability to find something funny in the absurdity of evil never falters.

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