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What we learned from the most expensive Yugoslavian movie
Maybe you have heard about the movie "Battle of Neretva" before. Movie was very popular during the 1969. Movie was seen by 350 millions people, in many countries in the whole world. It was even nominated for the Oscar, in the category for the best foreign movie.
There are two versions of this movie. The running time of the Yugoslavian version is 175 minutes, and the running time of the version in English is 126 minutes. But, you can also find both versions in English, and both versions in languages of the Ex-Yugoslavia.
I do not want to talk about the story that this movie is based on. Some people still believe in everything what was shown in Partisan movies, and I do not want to take that from them. You can easily find if this battle really happened, what was really hapening to the wounded partisans, and all other things that you would love to know about World War Second in Yugoslavia.
What I would love to talk about it what we have learned from this movie. I personally prefer the version in languages of the Ex-Yugoslavia, and I am not sure if this scene can be found in the version in English.
Anyways, I will share with you my favorite part of this movie. In my opinion, this is very important lesson, and because of that I would love to share it with all of you here.
Scene that I would love to talk about is happening at the end of the movie. In that scene we can see Martin (Sergei Bondarchuk) talking to Vlada (Yul Bynner). Just a little explanation, in the movie Martin is the man who is taking care about all their cannons, and Vlado is the engineer. (It is interesting to say that Vlada is a characer from the real life). Vlada is supposed to build things, not to destroy them. In that scene soilders are destroying the cannons, trucks, cars, and all other things that they can not take with them on the other side of the river. Martin is very sad, and Vlada is singing. At one moment, Martin is getting close to Vlada,and that is where their dialogue starts. Martin is noticing the Vlada sings all the time, and Vlada notices Martin's sadness.
When Martin asked Vlada how he can sing, when it is war, they are destroying things all the time, Vlada answers to him that for the whole three years he is destroying, setting on fire, breaking things. And, sometimes, he is dreaming of bridges that he is going to build after the war.
If you ask me, that is the point. We are sometimes passing trough some horrible things, scary things are happening to us, and many times we need ot do some very bad things. Things that we do not want to do. Things that we do not wish. But, we have to, because if we do not do those things, we will never come to some wonderful things that we wish to have in our lives.
Sometimes you have to crush something, if you want to build something. You have to stay strong, and to pass trough everything. Sun comes after the rain. Laugh comes after the tears. Good things come after the bad things.