The making of the youth: coming of age in Yugoslav cinema

Đurović, Jovana (2020) The making of the youth: coming of age in Yugoslav cinema. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis explores representations of young people in four youth films which thematize the coming of age of young adults in 1960s and early 1970s Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It is based on the analysis of Čudna devojka/Strange Girl (Jovan Živanović, 1962), Tri sata za ljubav/Three Hours for Love (Fadil Hadžić, 1968) Bubašinter/The Bug Killer (Milan Jelić, 1971), and Kužiš stari moj/Get it, Man (Vanča Kljaković, 1973) that have been made during the so-called utopian phase in Yugoslavia. Cinema is here understood as a privileged domain of youth construction, and a projection of (un)desirable images related to processes of maturing in Yugoslavia. By placing the concept of coming of age at the centre of the analysis, this thesis examines the contradictory relationship between film representations of young people, and the youth ideal promoted by official discourses in Yugoslavia. Close analysis of four films within their specific social, political and cinematographic contexts demonstrates how selected representations subvert society’s main ideological tendencies concerning questions of female emancipation and class liberation.

This pioneering analysis of Yugoslav youth cinema and its coming-of-age representations presents a theoretical and cultural intervention into the cinematographic, social and cultural history of Yugoslavia. The findings show that due to their ambivalent status inside the Yugoslav film industry, selected youth films subvert the binary opposition of auteur cinema and the producer’s cinema, which functions as a dominant organizing principle in histories of Yugoslav cinematography. By analysing different patterns of the youth’s behaviour that are represented in the films, this research offers insights on gender and class regimes that were hierarchically structuring social relations in Yugoslavia at the time. The thesis therefore introduces youth films as valuable objects of study in the social and cultural history of Yugoslavia.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Norris, David
Zoric, Vladimir
Keywords: coming of age, youth film, Yugoslav cinema, socialist Yugoslavia, Yugoslav cinematography
Subjects: P Language and literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion pictures
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
Item ID: 60027
Depositing User: Durovic, Jovana
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 04:40
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2020 04:40

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