O Pokojniku Sve Najlepse (1984)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Yugoslavia  |  
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In this amusing political satire, director Predrag Antonijevic parodies two hypocritical party chairmen in a small village, and by inference, the Yugoslavian political system on a broader scale. The first chairman of the people's council occupies his time rather dubiously -- by throwing grenades into a stream to kill off many fish at once (a well-known, illegal technique, usually done with dynamite). One day the chairman finds an unexploded bomb, and, in the process of trying to extract its gunpowder, he blows himself up and not the fish. Villagers ignore how he died, call him a hero, and name a school after him. The next party chairman is out for serious reform and begins a campaign to awaken the peasants to class consciousness -- and in turn, dies an ignominious death. Once more, the villagers laud their dearly departed chairman in terms that none could really believe, and life goes on as they wait for the next chairman to take up whatever erratic, illegal, or extreme behavior he prefers.

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hypocrisy, politician