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Yugoslavia, France, Germany · 1995
2h 50m
Director Emir Kusturica
Starring Miki Manojlović, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Joković, Slavko Štimac
Genre Comedy, Drama, War

Black marketeers Marko and Blacky live the good life, selling weapons to the Communist resistance in WWII Belgrade -- until Marko abandons Blacky and steals his girlfriend. After a lengthy stay in a below-ground shelter, the couple reemerges during the Yugoslavian Civil War of the 1990s, as Marko realizes that the situation is ripe for exploitation.

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The A.V. Club by

The same message could have been delivered in half the time, at half the volume.


CineVue by Ben Nicholson

Underground is bravura filmmaking at its most entrancing and its labyrinthine political context only serves to heighten its fascinating appeal.


New York Daily News by Dave Kehr

Delirious in its excess, but never less than ferociously intelligent and operatically emotional, Underground represents one of those rare, exhilarating moments when an outsize artistic vision is fueled by an apparently unlimited budget. Not to be missed.


Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

Underground is a unique blend of lowbrow slapstick and sophisticated war commentary, earning it well-deserved comparisons to Ernst Lubitsch’s brilliant To Be and Not To Be (possibly the funniest movie ever made) and the films of Abbott and Costello.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

However one chooses to take its jaundiced view of history, it's probably the best film to date by the talented Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream), a triumph of mise en scene mated to a comic vision that keeps topping its own hyperbole.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

At almost three hours, it's a masterwork of brilliant editing and design; not a frame is unwarranted, not a scene excessive, and it holds together over its lengthy running time in a way few films half its length can manage.

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