One of Yugoslavia's entries in the 1958 Venice Film Festival, the WWII drama Veliki I Mall (The Big and the Small) has surprisingly few propagandistic axes to grind. Though its main plot concerns the relationship between an apolitical Yugoslav citizen and his partisan friend, the film is essentially a suspense-and-chase melodrama. Hiding out from the Nazis, the partisan is given shelter -- but little moral support -- by his friend. The friend's children, however, are willing to put their lives on the line and help expedite the partisan's escape. By the time the friend does take decisive action, it proves tragically too late for all concerned.
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