|Original title||Crna Macka Beli Makor|
|Working title||Acrobatic Music|
|Original language||Rrom & Serbian|
|Music||Black cat white cat orchestra|
|Script||Gordan Mihić & Emir Kusturica|
|Photography||Thierry Arbogast, Michel Amathieu|
|Box office||694.251 (France), 2.695.431 (Europe), 68.633 (USA)|
Matko is a small time hustler, living by the Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a sister, Afrodita, that he desperately wants to see get married so they strike a deal: Zare is to marry her. But none of the two care much for an arranged marriage: Zare is in love with Ida, Afrodita is waiting for the man of her dreams.
The soundtrack was written by the No Smoking Orchestra.
|Country||Format||audio languages||subtitles languages||buy online||Description|
|Germany||DVD Z2 PAL||Rrom 5.1, German 5.1||German||Amazon.de|
|Australia||DVD Z4 PAL||Rrom 5.1||English, French, Dutch||Amazon.co.uk|
|Belgium||DVD Z2 PAL||Rrom 5.1, French 5.1||French, Dutch||Amazon.fr||4 films set1)|
|France||DVD Z2 PAL||Rrom 5.1, French 5.1||French, Dutch||Amazon.fr||more details|
|Hungary||DVD Z2 PAL||Rrom 5.1, Magyar 5.1||Magyar|
|Japan||DVD Z2 NTSC||Rrom 5.1||Japanese|
|Poland||DVD Z2 PAL||Rrom 5.1||Polish, English|
|United Kingdom||DVD Z2 PAL||Rrom 2.0||English||Amazon.co.uk|
|Slovenia||DVD Z2 PAL||Rrom 5.1||Slovenian|
Regarding the music, Emir Kusturica says : ”what we obtain at the end is a kind of mixture between the traditional music and the Cuban “sound”, a world music impossible to identify precisely, in a word : free. Nothing more normal finally, since the music is the synthesis of all the other.” The gypsy soul is present indeed in this music of a disrespectful freedom.
Working title of the film was Acrobatic Music, and if you look closely at the generic, there is no title ! Just the silhouette of a pair of cats…
”I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship…”
The burlesque of the film is partly inspired by the comic strip Alan Ford, of Italian origin, but having had a strong success in Yugoslavia in the Eighties. Alan Ford is a lousy publicity agent who becomes a secret agent ; sort of James Bond parody, his adventures are quite delirious.
See a fan website.
There is a restaurant named Black Cat White Cat in St Petersbourg, in Russia. As we can imagine, it is a restaurant specialised in Serbian food. A giant screen behind the bar shows Russian or Yugoslav films, among which of course, Emir Kusturica's film. A local journalist underlines the plates are quite good…
The Black Cat White Cat (Chyornaya Koshka Bely Kot) 13, Pestelya Ulitsa. Tel: 276 7430. For 2 persons, with vin : 1,020 roubles (30 euros).
In the film Darwin's nightmare by Hubert Sauper, we can see several scenes from the film Black Cat White Cat on a black & white television with the Russians in Tanzania. They stop their conversation and say laughing : ”look : it's our people on TV”.