Drago Gervais
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rago Gervais (Žerve) was born in Abbazia (now Opatija) on April 18, 1904, a descendant of a French soldier who arrived during Napoleon's occupation, His father, Artur, was born in Severin na Kupi in the Gorski kotar region and was a  music teacher. His mother Klementina was a native from Opatija. He had a sister named Blanka.

poet and playwright

born in Abbazia
1904

In 1918 because of Italian annexation of Istria he moved with his family to Bakar. In 1922 he graduated from the Sušak school (lycee) and went to study at the Law School in Zagreb. During his study he started to collaborate (or write?) for the Trieste magazin Naš Glas where he published his first two poems Iz Improvizacija and Mi. After his second year of studies he transferred to the Ljubljana Law School, but finished his senior year in Zagreb. Soon after his diploma he moved to Crikvenica where he found a job in a local law firm. The following year, he published his first collection of poems, Čakavski stihovi. He later worked in Bjelovar and Belgrade where he spent the World War II years.

After the war he returned to Istria but then went back to Belgrade where he worked for the state news agency Tanjug and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but soon went back to Rijeka were he became the director of Rijeka's Croatian National theater Ivan Zajc. He remained in this position until his sudden death in a car accident near Sežana on July 3, 1957. (wasn't he defecting from Communist Yugoslavia and the circumstance of his death deemed suspicious?).

Poetry collections:

  • 1929 - Čakavski stihovi
  • 1951 - Istarski katun

Comedies:

  • 1951 - Radi se o stanu
  • 1952 - Karolina Riječka
  • 1953 - Duhi
  • ? - Reakcionari
  • ? - Brod je otplovio
  • ? - Čudo od djevice Ivane
  • ? - Palmin List
  • ? - Ujak iz Amerike
Drama:
  • Duhi, (Spettri) comedy in three acts
  • 2003 - Caroline of Rijeka, Adamic, Rijeka

Filmography:

  • 1949 - Barba Žvane
Žanr: Ratni 
Režija: Vjekoslav Afrić 

Glumci: Desanka (Desa) Berić, Dragomir Felba, Dušan Dobrović, Mića Tatić, Miša Mirković, Nada Mlađenović, Rade Mlađenović, i Vladimir Medar.

Kratak sadržaj: Da bi pomogli izgladnelim partizanima u Gorskom kotaru, seljaci Istre šalju im po Barba Žvanu deset grla stoke. Pošto se lukavstvima izvukao iz opasnih situacija, Žvane stiže u Kotar I pridružuje se partizanima. Godine 1945. Istra je slobodna a na čelu partizanske kolone ulazi pobedonosno u svoje selo I - Barba Žvane. 

Producent: Zvezda film, Novi Sad 
Scenario: Drago Gervais, Vjekoslav Afrić 
Muzika: Krešimir Baranović 
Snimatelj: Mihailo Ivanjikov 
Scenografija: Mića Tatić 
Zemlja porekla: Jugoslavija, Srbija 
Trajanje: 110 minuta 
Tehnika: Standard, crno-beli
Prvo prikazivanje: 17.10.1949.

Some of Gervais poetry has also been set to music. A literary award was named in his honor in Rijeka.

See also:

  • Drago Gervais (Poezija)
  • Pjesničko djelo Drage Gervaisa
  • Medicinski fakultet u Rijeci, Drago Gervais - 
    • Djela
    • Karikature iy kazališnog dnevnika (1954-1955) - http://www.medri.hr/~dwolfl/gervais/gervais3.htm
    • Kazališni dnevnici - http://www.medri.hr/~dwolfl/gervais/dnevnici/dnevnici.htm

Sources:

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drago_Gervais
  • Opća Enciklopedija Jugoslavenkog Leksikografskog Zavoda.
  • Nova Čakavska Lirika. Sastavio i uredio Ive Jelnović, Matica Hrvatska (Zagreb, 1961)
  • Filmografija - http://www.balkanmedia.com/magazin/film/5.html
  • http://www.medri.hr/~dwolfl/pdf/bezdom.pdf
  • Photo of bust (in Opatija) and English text - http://www.adriatic-pearl.com/spomenici_eng.asp

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