Three (1965 film)

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Directed by Aleksandar Petrović
Written byAleksandar Petrović (Screenplay)
Antonije Isaković (Story)
Starring Bata Živojinović
Kole Angelovski
Stole Aranđelović
Dragomir Bojanić
Milan Jelić
Cinematography Tomislav Pinter
Edited byMirjana Mitić
Release date
  • 1965 (1965)
Running time
80 minutes
Country SFR Yugoslavia

Three (Serbo-Croatian Latin : Tri) is a 1965 Yugoslav film directed by Aleksandar Petrović. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 39th Academy Awards. [1]




The film Three is an anti-war film. It shows the true face of war - its horrors and its absurdity. The real protagonist of this film is death. In this film, it appears in three forms - as punishment, as victim, and as an expression of the senselessness of war. One needs to be against war, but one needs to be against war as a matter of principle, against anybody who wages war. Also, against those who create reasons for war.

Aleksandar Petrović, [2]

The theme of the film is the death, in three forms: as witness of it, as a victim of it, and as an executor. Three was the first Yugoslav movie released in the United States (in 1966).

Aleksandar Petrović's films Three and I Even Met Happy Gypsies provided the world an introduction to Yugoslav cinema. Unlike ‘Three’ it was very well received and translated in over 100 languages.


A review from the New York Times from 1967 when it was nominated for Best foreign film at the Academy Awards War’s utter bestiality and waste, usually illustrated by armies, is brought into sharp focus by a talented few in “Three,” a prize-winning Yugoslav drama that treats its bleak and harrowing subject with a grim but poetic artistry. It had a showing at the New York Film Festival last year, and is now at the Studio Cinema and 72d Street Theaters. The film is mystifyingly abrupt in its transitions, but its effects, physical and intellectual, are unmistakably forceful and chilling. The director, Aleksandar Petrovic, with the aid of a sparse script and stunning photography by Tomislav Pinter, has pointed up war’s ravages as it affects one partisan’s fights in one small sector of the conflict. In each of three events he is part of, needless death brought about by fear, despair and defeat.

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  1. "The 39th Academy Awards (1967) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  2. "Tri". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 June 2020.