Accepted Paper:

Documentaries and Uljanik Shipyard: Kolos s Jadrana, Berge Istra and Godine hrđe  

Author:

Andrea Matosevic (Juraj Dobrila University of Pula)

Paper short abstract:

This paper will analyse three movies filmed in 1972 and 2000 in Pula's Uljanik shipyard: Kolos s Jadrana, Berge Istra and Godine hrđe that are among the most significant documentaries produced on one Croatia's shipyard.

Paper long abstract:

This paper will analyse three movies filmed in 1972 and 2000 in Pula's Uljanik shipyard: Kolos s Jadrana, Berge Istra and Godine hrđe that are among the most significant documentaries produced on one Croatia's shipyard. The theme of Kolos s Jadrana and Berge Istra is baptizing, launching and welding of stern and thrust of Berge Istra, the largest and most complex ship ever built in one of Adriatic shipyard in those years. Such technical and business success conditioned inattention to workers everyday life and neglecting to show the problems that were present during its construction. Their content is almost completely, with few significant opposite examples, dedicated to an ideal representation. A completely different situation is shown in Godine hrđe documentary, filmed in 2000. There the difficult everyday life of Uljanik cooperate workers is shown and representation has almost completely amputated the mention of an object, a ship whose successful dipping had to make its constructors complacent individuals. With awareness of Uljanik's serious current issues in production I will interpret these documentaries as highly significant traces in shipyards "public history" and its memory.

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