Dušan Makavejev, Director & Screenwriter

“You Never Know Who Has a Frog in the Pocket”
Avenali Lecture
Photo of Dušan Makavejev.
Thursday, Feb 24, 1994 | 8:00 pm
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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United States

Dušan Makavejev is a Serbian film director famous for his films of former Yugoslavia in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Known for blending fiction with reality and drama with humor, Makavejev’s work often contains experimental elements and has been considered controversial for its eroticism and sharp criticism of Eastern European politics. Makavejev made short films and documentaries until the early 60s, and his interest in documentary is still evident even his later fictional features. Makavejev’s first three features—Man Is Not a Bird, Love Affair, and Innocence Unprotected—won him international acclaim. In 1971, his fictionalized chronicle of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, was immediately banned in Yugoslavia for its political-sexual content, and Makavejev was exiled until the late 1980s.

With film screenings of "Man Is Not a Bird" and "Love Affair."