Cinema: A People Cursed with Magic

TIME OF THE GYPSIES Directed by Emir Kusturica

Screenplay by Gordan Mihic and Emir Kusturica

Time of the Gypsies -- what a drab handle for such a sprawling, enthralling entertainment. The title promises a 60 Minutes-style expose on purse snatching and child exploitation in the tourist capitals of Europe. And is anyone in a hurry to see a 2-hr. 22-min. film in Romany with English subtitles? As it happens, the movie does take time for side trips from Yugoslavia to Italy, to show young Gypsies stealing and pimping at their bosses' stern whims. But its heart is in a Serbian village...

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