The Makavejev Case or Trial in a Movie Theater, a film by Goran Radovanovic


Dear Goran,

I finally watched your film last night. And I loved it.
A tape recorder as chief protagonist.
A tape recorder as chief protagonist!
What a brilliant choice.
The purity required by ideology.
Bureaucrats vs. artists.
Voices from 1971. Whatever their arguments for or against The Mystery of the Organism/Orgasm, all claiming to be Yugoslav patriots.
That framing of the discussion in the political status quo takes me back to my eleven years as a professor of German at Brigham Young University, a Mormon university in which all discussion had to be framed in terms of THE ONE TRUE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST. Because it was a university, we had some good debates. Because the power was strong to keep the debates in the correct frame, I moved on.
Unlike Makavejev, I never filmed Montenegro after leaving.
You have made a powerful film with a tape recorder as chief protagonist. How is that possible? Thank you.
And then there’s my name in the credits, so foreign in a sea of names replete with diacritical marks. I’m proud to be included.
warm regards,

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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