Do You Remember Dolly Bell?

Do You Remember Dolly Bell?
Directed by Emir Kusturica
Written by Emir Kusturica
Abdulah Sidran
Starring Slavko Štimac
Slobodan Aligrudić
Ljiljana Blagojević
Mira Banjac
Music by Zoran Simjanović
Cinematography Vilko Filač
Milenko Uherka
Edited by Senija Tičić
Distributed by International Home Cinema (USA)
Release dates
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Yugoslavia
Language Serbo-Croatian

Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Serbo-Croatian: Sjećaš li se Doli Bel?), filmed 1981, is the first feature film directed by Emir Kusturica. Showing early signs of the stylistic flair that Kusturica was to effectively deploy in later works, it is a coming of age story. The film was selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 54th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]


Set over a single early-1960s summer in one of Sarajevo's neighbourhoods, the plot follows the fortunes of a school boy nicknamed Dino (Slavko Štimac). Simultaneous to being enthralled with a life that flashes before his eyes and ears in the local cinema and youth centre (where, among other things, he watches Alessandro Blasetti's Europa di notte and listens to Adriano Celentano's "24 Mila Baci"), Dino gets a taste of the world inhabited by local thugs and petty criminals. However, when he is rewarded via a liaison for providing a hiding place for prostitute "Dolly Bell" (Ljiljana Blagojević), his world is turned upside down as he falls in love with her.


See also


  1. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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