“Brcko u Zagrebu” short film premiered in Zagreb on August 28, 1917.
Hrvatska pošta (The Croatian Post) will issue a commemorative stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of screening of the first Croatian feature film. The authors of the stamp are Zagreb designers Marko Šesnić and Goran Turković and the HRK 7.60 stamp will be printed in 100,000 pieces, in 10-stamp sheetlets. You can buy the stamp starting tomorrow at www.epostshop.hr.
Brcko u Zagrebu premiered at Metropol Cinema (which later became Zagreb Cinema) on August 28, 1917. It’s a short comedy about a man named Brcko, who moves to Zagreb from a small town looking for a good time.
The film was made by Prvo hrvatsko filmsko poduzeće Croatia film k.d., directed by Arsen Maas, and the actors are Irma Polak, Tonka Savić, Stjepan Bojničić and Arnošt Grund. Arnošt Grund also wrote a script for a theatre piece about Brcko’s adventures called “Alaj su nas nasamarili,” which premiered in 1912.
The main character (a Czech immigrant) was the inspiration behind the Veliki Brcko statue for PSSST! Silent Film Festival, a unique film festival which takes place at Centar za kulturu Trešnjevka and presents the art of silent film in a new, exciting and entertaining way.
The film has been lost, but photographs of scenes and actors from the film and newspaper articles, as well as screening announcements, have been preserved. The photographs are kept in Hrvatska kinoteka, and newspaper articles from Jutarnji list are kept in the National and University Library in Zagreb.
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