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Forest of the Hanged (1965)
"Padurea spânzuratilor" (original title)

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In 1916, Romanian Apostol Bologa is an officer in the Habsburg Army. He's determined to do his duty, but he also hesitates between loyalty to the Habsburg Army and joining his Romanian brethren across enemy lines.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Victor Rebengiuc ...
Apostol Bologa
Anna Széles ...
Ilona
Stefan Ciubotarasu ...
Petre
György Kovács ...
Von Karg
Gina Patrichi ...
Roza
Liviu Ciulei ...
Klapka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Costache Antoniu ...
The Priest
Valeriu Arnautu
George Aurelian ...
Domsa
Marga Barbu
Francisc Bencze
Emil Botta ...
Cervenko
Constantin Brezeanu ...
The Attorney
Toma Caragiu ...
Habsburg officer
Ion Caramitru ...
Petre Petre
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In 1916 Romanian Apostol Bologa is an officer in the Habsburg Army and he reports for duty on the front lines determined to do his duty.Unfortunately for him the enemy is the Romanian Army just a few yards away from the German Austrian lines. Apostol Bologa hesitates between doing his duty within the Habsburg Army and joining his Romanian brethren across the enemy lines. Written by Anonymous

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During World War One the region of Transylvania was part of the Austria Hungary Empire (Habsburg Empire).Romania was part of the Western Alliance fighting against Germany and Austria Hungary.This meant that many Romanians living in Transylvania were forcibly conscripted into the Habsburg Army fighting against Romania thus pitting Romanians from Romania against Romanians from the Austria-Hungary Empire.This anomaly ended in 1919 when Austria-Hungary lost the war and ceded Transylvania to Romania thus reuniting all Romanians into a single country. See more »

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Psychological thriller in times of war
14 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Actor and director, Liviu Ciulei adapted Rebreanu's novel into the masterpiece that Padurea Spanzuratilor is. Won Best Directing at Cannes and was nominated for Palm D'Or.

The action does not take place in the WWII as another user put it. How could it take place in the WWII when the actual novel was written in 1922? Did you ever at least saw the film?

The action takes place in the First World War, with Apostol Bologa being a Romanian officer in the Austro-Hungarian army (Romania's enemies), fighting against his own people.

Apart from being a historical film, it is also a portrait of the Transilvanian society at the beginning of the 20th century. The action is furthermore complicated by Apostol falling in love with a Hungarian woman.

The only downside to this movie is its grotesque soundtrack. Terrible. Wish it was a mute film, because visually everything is great.


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