The Day That Shook the World
|The Day That Shook the World|
American poster of the movie
|Directed by||Veljko Bulajić|
|Produced by||Vlado Brankovic
|Music by||Juan Carlos Calderón
|Edited by||Roger Dwyre|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures (USA)|
|Language||Czech, Serbo-Croatian, English, German|
The Day That Shook the World (Serbo-Croatian: ''Sarajevski atentat, lit. The Sarajevo Assassination'') is a 1975 Czechoslovak-Yugoslav-German co-production film directed by Veljko Bulajić, starring Christopher Plummer and Florinda Bolkan. The film is about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo in 1914 and the immediate aftermath that led to the outbreak of World War I.
When the only surviving heir to Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was killed by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist, on 28 June 1914, his death set in motion a chain of events that resulted in the First World War. The movie chronicles the events surrounding that death and its aftermath. The assassination gave the Germans and Austrians reason to fear that the Russian Empire was actively fomenting unrest in the Balkans, since Serbia was a bone of contention throughout the region.
Upon its release, The Day That Shook the World was met with mixed reviews. The New York Times critic described the film as a "footnote to history that is rarely moving". The movie was dubbed in theatres (USA - English, Czechoslovakia - Czech, Germany - German) and has aired only once on television, on Czechoslovak Television two years after its release in cinemas.
- Christopher Plummer as Archduke Franz Ferdinand
- Florinda Bolkan as Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
- Maximilian Schell as Đuro Šarac
- Irfan Mensur as Gavrilo Princip
- Radoš Bajić as Nedeljko Čabrinović
- Ivan Vyskočil as Mehmed Mehmedbašić
- Libuše Šafránková as Yelena
- Otomar Korbelář as Franz Joseph I of Austria
- Wilhelm Koch-Hooge as Franz Conrad
- Jiří Holý as Erich von Merizzi
- Nelly Gaierová as Countess Langus
- Jiří Kodet as Morsley
The film was released to cinemas on 31 October 1977 in Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. English-language premieres were in January 1977 in the UK and US. American International Pictures released the movie in 1977 with English dubbing. Later in the 1990s the movie was released to VHS.
In November 2014 was released on DVD.
The film won one award at the 1976 San Sebastián International Film Festival in Special Mention category. The film was also selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 48th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
- List of submissions to the 48th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Yugoslav submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- "24 Edition 1976 Awards". San Sebastian Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- The Day That Shook the World at the Internet Movie Database
- The Day That Shook the World at AllMovie
- http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19750708&id=f5MuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Y6EFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2817,2377963 The Montreal Gazette - Jul 8, 1975
- http://books.google.com/books?id=PuQCAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA74&ots=5pUfQbKvXj&dq=florinda%20bolkan%20in%20sarajevo&pg=PA74#v=onepage&q=shook&f=false New York Magazine, Jan 31, 1977 - (Google Books, 7 October 2011)