Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator
Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (1967)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1967
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You have to be the victim of a certain state of mind to appreciate the humor and truth of Makavejev.

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Bosley Crowther
New York 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.

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Christopher Null

In this, Makavejev's second major film, the Yugoslavian's wry sensibilities about love and communism our laid out with little fanfare or apology.

Time Out

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Celebrates the force of sexuality even as it clashes, tragically, with traditional ideology

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It's Godardian skittishness, Yugoslav style, as director Makavejev tarts up his perfectly tight and serviceable account of love and deception.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's very funny and, with its ragged arrangement of warring styles and ideologies, very original: it's like a smutty, sticky-fingered Godard.

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TV Guide

A tender, sweet, and ultimately very sad film.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

It's a jarring and thought-provoking examination of personal tragedy and social commentary.

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Eric Broome
This early Dusan Makavejev film is short on budget and acting talent, but is an interesting pointer to the director's later works. Typically, its tone is… More
Walter M.
"Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator" opens with Dr. Aleksandr DJ Kostic extolling the virtues of a healthy sex life.… More