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An unpredictable black comedy with an epic scope Emir Kusturicas highly acclaimed Underground takes a look at the modern history of Yugoslavia through the often absurd misadventures of two friends over several decades 1941 Belgrade Marko communist activist let his friend Blacky enter the Party Two friends build a massive underground weapons making complex to protect their town from the German invasion in WWII while they join the communist guerilla fighters They will share also beautiful Natalja an actress who helps the Germans and also has a bunglingcomical German lover During the conflict Marko will arrange to lock up Blacky and its clan in the basement of an house of Belgrade Thus will he be able to keep Natalja for himself only In 1945 he will voluntarily silence the people of the basement who manufacture weapons for Resistance that the country was free He will continue to exploit them during decades for his greater profit But one day the slaves will leave the basement and will find their country devastated by the civil warSoon the chaos of World War II forces them to take refuge in an underground shelter with a variety of other townspeople Years pass and the war ends but Marko and the actress trick the others into believing that the war is still going on Kusturica turns this inherently absurd premise into a vibrant portrait of the contradictory foolish nature of war Winner of the Palme dOr at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival the film received great acclaim on the festival circuit but had a hard time securing a release in the United States Both fall for the same woman Eventually one friend is injured and remains underground while the other rises up through the ranks of the Tito regime and adapts an elaborate system to convince those still hidden underground that WWII is still being wagedThe film shows us the reality as seen by those who feel unlimited
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