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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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
Liviu Ciulei, 1923 - 2011
 (From MUBI. 25 October 2011, 5:29 AM, PDT)

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Psychological thriller in times of war See more (3 total) »


  (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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Did You Know?

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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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Psychological thriller in times of war, 14 August 2006
Author: jurma

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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