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16 March 1965 (Romania) See more »
In 1916 as an officer in the Habsburg Army ethnic Romanian Apostol Bologa is torn between remaining loyal to the Habsburgs or deserting to the Romanian Army across enemy lines. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Liviu Ciulei, 1923 - 2011
 (From MUBI. 25 October 2011, 5:29 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)
Victor Rebengiuc ... Lieutenant Apostol Bologa
Liviu Ciulei ... Captain Klapka
Stefan Ciubotarasu ... Petre
György Kovács ... Habsburg General Von Karg
Anna Széles ... Ilona
Gina Patrichi ... Roza
András Csiky ... Varga (as Andrei Csiky)
Emmerich Schäffer ... Private Müller
Costache Antoniu ... The Priest
Emil Botta ... Captain Cervenko
Laszlo Kiss ... Vidor
Nicolae Tomazoglu ... Army Doctor
Constantin Brezeanu ... Military Prosecutor
Ion Caramitru ... Petre Petre
George Aurelian ... Domsa
Mihai Mereuta ... Corporal overseeing gravediggers
Gheorghe Cozorici ... captured Romanian officer
Mariana Mihut ... Marta
Toma Caragiu ... Habsburg officer
Nae Roman ... A Colonel
Valeriu Arnautu ... Captain Svoboda
Francisc Bencze ... An NCO
Alexandra Polizu ... Rodovica
Radu Dunareanu ... An NCO
Nicolae Luchian Botez ... An Officer (as Luchian Botez)
Constantin Lipovan ... A Soldier
Val Lefescu ... Telegraph Operator (as Valeriu Lefescu)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marga Barbu
Tedi Dumitru ... A Soldier
Angela Moldovan ... Mrs. Domsa
Haralambie Polizu ... A Soldier
Silvia Popovici
Jean Reder ... An Officer
Nicolae Secareanu

Directed by
Liviu Ciulei 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Titus Popovici 
Liviu Rebreanu  novel

Produced by
Mihai Crisan .... producer
Original Music by
Theodor Grigoriu 
Cinematography by
Ovidiu Gologan 
Film Editing by
Yolanda Mîntulescu  (as Iolanda Mintulescu)
Dan Naum 
Production Design by
Giulio Tincu 
Art Direction by
Aureliu Ionescu 
Set Decoration by
Giulio Tincu 
Costume Design by
Ovidiu Bubulac 
Ileana Oroveanu 
Makeup Department
Suzana Almasan .... assistant makeup artist
Teodora Cosacescu .... assistant makeup artist
Ioana Simionescu .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sideriu Aurian .... production manager
Alfonso Diez .... production manager
Nicolae Niculescu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Silviu Dimitrovici .... first assistant director
Edith Mandel .... second assistant director
Mariana Petculescu .... second assistant director
Art Department
Dan Jitianu .... set dresser
Costica Zamfir .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Anusavan Salamanian .... sound
Valentin Tesa .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Nicolae Daraban .... pyrotechnician
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexandru Bilu .... still photographer
Alexandru David .... camera operator
Dan Platon .... first assistant camera
Petre Sorescu .... assistant camera
Petre Sorescu .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ioana Gardescu .... costume assistant
Florica Predoiu .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Cristina Ionescu .... assistant editor
Music Department
Emanuel Elenescu .... conductor
Other crew
Dumitru Carabat .... script editor
Ioan Leonida .... military advisor
Loghin Leonida .... military advisor
Mariana Popa .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Padurea spânzuratilor" - Romania (original title)
"The Forest of the Hanged" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
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154 min | Germany:115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Last feature film of Director Liviu Ciulei.See more »


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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Romanian masterpiece, 1 January 2007
Author: Armand from Romania

Maybe, the single masterpiece in Romanian cinematography. It is not an ecranisation but a way of reality's reflection. It is a story about war, love, duty and love but it is more. It is a poem in which light, acting and atmosphere are parts of a subtle description of a ordinary strange world.

Victor Rebengiuc, at beginning of his impressive career, create a special character, with thinks, gestures, relationship in Dostoievsky's style, but in a deep mode. The war is not a event, it is the principal character, every image, gorgeous image is one of conflict's bones.

The mud, rope or questions have East European nimbus but the art of Ciulei is the convert of this atmosphere in essence of crisis. A world falls, an interior world, a conscience, and this event is the end of every hour of exterior time. Apostole Bologa is the prototype of anonymous anti-hero, he believes in values of every civilizations and who assist at there putrefaction.

A splendid film of a huge director.

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