Sticenik (1966)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Yugoslavia  |  
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When a young poet comes to Belgrade, he still feels the sting of his rejection by publishers, and he is fueled with seething determination to prove his worth. After he writes editorials critical of university students who ignore the rights of others, he is beaten up by angry readers. He marries a middle-aged woman who is a wealthy publisher and becomes a successful journalist. Only after his wife's suicide does he regret his ruthless ambition and reflect on his all-consuming rise to the top. The feature does not sidestep the generation gap issue or the ugliness of social and political opportunism practiced in Yugoslavia.