Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator
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Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator
This tragicomedy is the second feature for Dusan Makavejev, the most celebrated Yugoslavian director of the 1960s. Included in this montage of stories is an erotic love scene, a strudel recipe, rat catching, and a graphic autopsy of a female victim. The plot concerns a love affair between a switchboard operator and a rat catcher. In most of his films, Makavejev takes a decidedly anti-Stalinist stance and champions the causes of individual political and sexual freedom. The director claims that style is not as important, as any kind of feature can tell the story. One of his favorite tools is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You have to be the victim of a certain state of mind to appreciate the humor and truth of Makavejev."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a charming picture, a subtle and sophisticated spoof of organized social education and of the modern-day sex comedy, right up to the point where it goes mawkish and turns into a melodramatic brawl over a pregnancy."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"In this, Makavejev's second major film, the Yugoslavian's wry sensibilities about love and communism our laid out with little fanfare or apology."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Given that four of Makavejev's first five features are essentially the same film, it seems increasingly unlikely that he'll ever improve on this, his second movie, the most interesting and concentrated treatment of his recurrent themes."
‑ , Time Out
"Celebrates the force of sexuality even as it clashes, tragically, with traditional ideology"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's Godardian skittishness, Yugoslav style, as director Makavejev tarts up his perfectly tight and serviceable account of love and deception."
‑ , Film4
"It's very funny and, with its ragged arrangement of warring styles and ideologies, very original: it's like a smutty, sticky-fingered Godard."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A tender, sweet, and ultimately very sad film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a jarring and thought-provoking examination of personal tragedy and social commentary."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide