Rondo (film)

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The film's plot centers on a love triangle between Neda (Milena Dravić, left), her husband Fedja (Relja Bašić, center) and Mladen (Stevo Žigon, right).
Directed by Zvonimir Berković
Written by Zvonimir Berković
Starring Relja Bašić
Milena Dravić
Stevo Žigon
Cinematography Tomislav Pinter
Edited by Radojka Tanhofer
Release date
  • 1966 (1966)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Yugoslavian
Language Croatian

Rondo is a 1966 Yugoslavian film by Croatian director Zvonimir Berković. It was filmed in Zagreb, Croatia (then a part of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia).


"Every Sunday, the lonely bachelor and sophisticated judge Mladen (Stevo Žigon) comes to play chess with his friend, the sculptor Fedja (Relja Bašić), and gradually he falls into an affair with Fedja's wife Neda (Milena Dravić). The chess board is the center of the film, the moves mirroring the emotional developments of the characters."[1]

Background and themes[edit]

Produced in 1966, Rondo was the first full-length film by former musician and screenwriter Zvonimir Berković, screenwriter of H-8, a famous Croatian 1950s classic. In both films, he uses musical form as a source for the narrative. As in Mozart's Rondo (which is repeatedly played in the soundtrack) in Berković's film the basic situation - Sunday afternoon chess party - is repeated with small variations, slowly bringing the three character towards a crisis. Very formal, very intimistic and set in a cosy middle-class environment, Rondo was very different from previous Yugoslav film tradition, introducing aesthetic of the modernist psychological novel into Croatian cinema.


Rondo is still considered as one of three biggest classics of Croatian 1960s modernism.

In 1999, a poll of Croatian film critics found it to be one of the best Croatian films ever made.[2]



For her portrayal of Neda, Milena Dravić won a Silver Arena Award for "Best Actress" at the (1966) Pula Film Festival.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CroatianCinema".
  2. ^ ""Tko pjeva, zlo ne misli" najbolji hrvatski film svih vremena!". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 1999-11-28. Retrieved 2013-02-08.

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