Three (1965 film)

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]

Directed byAleksandar Petrović
Written byAleksandar Petrović (Screenplay)
Antonije Isaković (Story)
StarringBata Živojinović
Kole Angelovski
Stole Aranđelović
Dragomir Bojanić
Milan Jelić
CinematographyTomislav Pinter
Edited byMirjana Mitić
Release date
  • 1965 (1965)
Running time
80 minutes
CountriesSFR Yugoslavia



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."[3]

Awards, HonorsEdit

  • Academy Awards Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film- 1966 (39th edition)
  • - XIIth Pula Film Festival (Yugoslavia), 1965: GRAND PRIX (Golden Arena) for Best Film,
  • - XIIth Pula Film Festival (Yugoslavia), 1965: GRAND PRIX (Golden Arena) for Best Director
  • - XIIth Pula Film Festival (Yugoslavia), 1965: GRAND PRIX (Golden Arena) for Best Actor
  • - XIIth Pula Film Festival (Yugoslavia), 1965: Critics' Award “Milton Manaki”
  • - Bronze Plaque (Bronzana Plaketa) – BUNINOVA VRATA, Yugoslav award, 1965
  • - XVth Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) International Festival, 1966 GRAND PRIX for Best Film (HLAVNA CENA I)
  • - IXth Acapulco Festival of Best Movies, 1966 - Award "PALENKA", Golden Inca Head
  • - Festival of Italian neorealism – Avellino, 1966 - Award LACENO D'ORO
  • - In 1979, in a survey organized by the Yugoslav Film Institute for The Best Film in the history of the Yugoslav Cinema, the Yugoslav Film Critics and Artists put Three in second place behind I Even Met Happy Gypsies, from Aleksandar Petrović, declared the Best Film in the History of Yugoslav Cinema.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The 39th Academy Awards (1967) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  2. ^ "Tri". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  3. ^ "'Three,' a Yugoslav War Film, Arrives". NYT. 1967. Retrieved 2 June 2020 – via New York Times.

External linksEdit

  • Official Website [1]
  • Vlastimir Sudar: Portrait de l’artiste en tant que dissident politique: La vie et l’œuvre d’Aleksandar Petrovic (The life and work of Aleksandar Petrovic: A portrait of the artist as a political dissident – INTELLECT, Bristol, INTELLECT, Chicago 2013)
  • Three at IMDb