|Directed by||Zvonimir Berković|
|Written by||Zvonimir Berković|
|Edited by||Radojka Tanhofer|
"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."
Background and themes
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.
- Relja Bašić as Fedja
- Stevo Žigon as Mladen
- Milena Dravić as Neda
- Zvonimir Rogoz
- Boris Festini
- Rudolf Kukić
- ""Tko pjeva, zlo ne misli" najbolji hrvatski film svih vremena!". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 1999-11-28. Retrieved 2013-02-08.