The Glembays

The Glembays
Directed by Antun Vrdoljak
Written by Miroslav Krleža (play)
Antun Vrdoljak
Starring Mustafa Nadarević
Ena Begović
Tonko Lonza
Bernarda Oman
Žarko Potočnjak
Music by Arsen Dedić
Cinematography Vjekoslav Vrdoljak
Edited by Damir German
Release dates
Running time
120 minutes
Country Yugoslavia
Language Serbo-Croatian

The Glembays (Croatian: Glembajevi) is a 1988 Yugoslav / Croatian film directed by Antun Vrdoljak starring Mustafa Nadarević and Ena Begović.[1] The film is an adaptation of Miroslav Krleža's 1929 play Gospoda Glembajevi[2] and was produced by Televizija Zagreb and Jadran Film.[1]


It is a period piece set in 1913 in Zagreb (which was at the time part of Austria-Hungary) and follows members of the fictional Glembay family, headed by Ignjat Glembay (Tonko Lonza), a prominent banker, and his second wife baroness Castelli (Ena Begović). Eleven years after his mother's suicide, Leone Glembay (Mustafa Nadarević) returns from abroad to his family home in Zagreb. He is haunted by depressing memories, particularly by thoughts of his deceased mother, his sister who committed suicide, and the Baroness Castelli, his father's second wife. The only member of his family that Leone confides in is Beatrice (Bernarda Oman), his brother Ivan's widow, who in the meantime became a nun and renamed herself Angelika. Leone witnesses omnipresent hypocrisy in the family and is repulsed by the criminal means through which his family became rich. Ultimately, Leone confronts his father and the baroness.



In 1999, a poll of Croatian film fans found it to be one of the best Croatian films ever made.[3]


The film won three Golden Arena awards at the 1988 Pula Film Festival, including Best Actor (Mustafa Nadarević), Best Supporting Actress (Ena Begović) and Costimography (Ika Škomrlj).[4] However, Ena Begović refused to accept her award on the grounds that her part was in fact a leading role.[4]


The actor Zvonimir Rogoz, the doyen of Croatian cinematography, was 101 when he made this movie.


  1. 1 2 "Glembajevi (1988)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  2. "Hrvatski film i književnost". (in Croatian). Croatian Film Association. 10 November 2006.
  3. ""Tko pjeva, zlo ne misli" najbolji hrvatski film svih vremena!". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 1999-11-28. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  4. 1 2 "35. Pulski filmski festival (1988)" (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
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