Picks and Pans Review: The Fragrance of Wild Flowers

updated 07/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

This Yugoslav film won the International Critics Prize at Cannes in 1978. The story begins when a famous middle-aged actor (Ljuba Tadic) suddenly quits rehearsals for his new play and flees to a small town on the Danube. The play's backers, plus the inevitable army of photographers, pursue him for the rest of the movie. Director Srdjan Karanovic, in only his second feature, has obviously seen a lot of Fellini. The carnival-like atmosphere that follows the actor is reminiscent of 8½—surreal, bitingly satiric and, here, overdone. Still, the movie makes some telling points about the role of publicity and the press in shaping our perception of reality. Apparently it's a problem in Communist nations too. (With English subtitles) (Not rated)

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