Smojver, Zdravko

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Smojver, Zdravko

Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:20

Zdravko Smojver in Kuda idu divlje svinje (1971)
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Zdravko Smojver was a baby-faced small-part actor and, later, special effects expert, active in Yugoslav / Croatian films and television, including some Italian co-productions, from at least the late 1950's until the mid-1990's.

I had been aware of Zdravko for some time as an unidentified actor from a number of peplum films, but had little hope of identifying him since they were all roles in films shot in Yugoslavia. I got lucky when I spotted him in a small credited role in La strada lunga un anno while searching for images of Niksa Stefanini and was able to confirm his identity from several very helpful videos on You Tube where he is identified. It appears that from the late sixties he worked more as a specialist in special effects and pyrotechnics, a field in which he has a number of credits, but he still continued to act occasionally as well.

No biographical details are currently known, though from his name and career I would think it highly probable that he was Croatian.

Since I first identified him in uncredited roles which do not appear in any of his internet filmographies then I think it is extremely likely there will be more roles to be found in films shot in Yugoslavia.

Filmography
1958
  1. La strada lunga un anno .... Young man from the village (credited)

    1959
  2. Vlak bez voznog reda .... Police officer (credited)

    1960
  3. Deveti krug .... Cadet (uncredited)

    1961
  4. Le sette sfide .... One of Amok's men (uncredited)
  5. Sudar na paralelama .... Does not appear (credited as Property master)

    1962
  6. Giulio Cesare contro i pirati .... Army captain on the ship (uncredited)
  7. Giulio Cesare, il conquistatore delle Gallie .... Soldier with Eporidorige (uncredited)

    1963
  8. Le verdi bandiere di Allah .... Role? (uncredited)

    1964
  9. Ursus, il terrore dei kirghisi .... One of Zareteli's men (uncredited - re-used footage)

    1966
  10. Konjuh planinom .... Soldier fooling around with water (credited as Pyrotechnician)

    1969
  11. Dogadjaj .... Does not appear (credited as "Scena")

    1970
  12. Hranjenik .... Gusti (credited)
  13. Uomini contro .... Sergeant (credited and for special effects, both as Smojver Zdravko)

    1971
  14. Kuda idu divlje svinje (TV series) eps. 2 (credit only), 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 .... Policeman (credited)
  15. U gori raste zelen bor .... Does not appear (credited unspecified technical)

    1973
  16. Sutjeska .... Does not appear (credited as Pyrotechnician)

    1976
  17. Giovanni (TV movie) .... Does not appear (credited as Pyrotechnician)
  18. Kapelski kresovi (TV series) eps. 11, 12, 13 .... Miner (credited and for Special effects)
  19. Vizi privati, pubbliche virtù .... Does not appear (credited for Special effects as "Zaravko Smojver")

    1977
  20. Ne naginji se van .... Stipe (credited)
  21. Nikola Tesla (TV series) ep. 7 .... Policeman (credited)

    1978
  22. Force 10 from Navarone .... Does not appear (credited as "Zdravko Smojnec" as Yugoslav unit special effects)
  23. Macak pod sljemom (TV series) eps. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 .... Does not appear (credited for Special effects)

    1979
  24. Daj sto das .... Waiter who buys the ring (credited)
  25. Povratak .... Does not appear (credited unspecified technical)

    1981
  26. Gosti iz galaksije .... Does not appear (credited as Pyrotechnician)
  27. Pad Italije .... Role? (credited and as Pyrotechnician)

    1988
  28. Trinajstica .... Casino bouncer (credited)

Filmography to check
  • Letovi koji se pamte (1966 TV series) eps. 6, 7. IMDb as Pyrotechnician, probably does not appear
  • Neli ti rekov (1977 TV movie) IMDb as Pyrotechnician, probably does not appear
  • Presuda (1977) IMDb as Pyrotechnician, probably does not appear
  • Bosko Buha (1978) IMDb as Special effects, probably does not appear
  • Snadji se, druze (1981) IMDb as Pyrotechnician, probably does not appear
  • Nepokoreni grad (1982 TV series) ep. 14. IMDb as Pyrotechnician, probably does not appear
  • Hudodelci (1987) IMDb as Special effects, probably does not appear
  • Djavolji raj (1989) IMDb as Special effects, probably does not appear
  • The Sands of Time (1992) IMDb as Special effects, probably does not appear
  • Night Watch (1995 TV movie) IMDb as Special effects, probably does not appear
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Re: Smojver, Zdravko

Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:26

La strada lunga un anno (1958) credited, as Young man from the village.

His earliest known role, credited or otherwise, is currently in this Italian-Yugoslav co-production, which aside from 3 Italian leading actors features an entirely Yugoslavian supporting cast.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:29

Vlak bez voznog reda (1959) credited, as Police officer
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Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:31

Deveti krug (1960) as Cadet
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Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:33

Le sette sfide (1961) as One of Amok's men
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Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:37

Sudar na paralelama (1961) credited as "Property master".

This is the first of his production credits, but while I'm not entirely certain what a property master's work entails, it seems quite different from his later production credits which were all effects related. He does not appear in the film.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:39

Giulio Cesare contro i pirati (1962) as Army captain on the ship
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Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:42

Giulio Cesare, il conquistatore delle Gallie (1962) I'm pretty sure this is him hidden under a wig and false beard as Soldier with Eporidorige (Giulio Donnini).
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Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:45

Le verdi bandiere di Allah (1963) Role uncertain.

Old images, I need to re-watch the movie to check the role sometime
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Re: Smojver, Zdravko

Post by PeplumParadise » 23/05/2021, 11:47

Ursus, il terrore dei kirghisi (1964) as One of Zareteli's men.

This is re-used footage from Le sette sfide (1961)
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