Born in Belgrade in 1932 of Serbian parents, Dusan Makavejev, like his French counterparts in the late ‘40s and ‘50s, was a product of the local film societies. He made his first 16mm film, The Journey to Old Yugoslavia, in 1953, at a time when he was also studying psychology and writing film reviews. Starting in 1958, he made more than a dozen documentaries for Zagreb and other Yugoslav companies, a process that culminated in his first feature, Man Is Not a Bird (1965). This is one of six of his features (out of a mere nine, excluding a film he contributed a sequence to and a 50-minute self-portrait) released on VHS by Facets Video, four of which were screened.
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