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20 August 1965 (East Germany) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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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) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Gheorghe Cozorici ... captured Romanian officer
András Csiky ... Varga (as Andrei Csiky)
Laszlo Kiss ... Vidor
Mihai Mereuta ... Corporal overseeing gravediggers
Mariana Mihut
Silvia Popovici
Nae Roman
Emmerich Schäffer ... Müller
Nicolae Secareanu
Nicolae Tomazoglu ... The Doctor

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

Original Music by
Theodor Grigoriu 
 
Cinematography by
Ovidiu Gologan 
 
Film Editing by
Yolanda Mîntulescu 
 
Production Design by
Giulio Tincu 
 
Set Decoration by
Giulio Tincu 
 
Costume Design by
Ovidiu Bubulac 
Ileana Oroveanu 
 
Makeup Department
Ioana Simionescu .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Anusavan Salamanian .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Petre Sorescu .... assistant camera
 

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Also Known As:
"Padurea spânzuratilor" - Romania (original title)
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158 min | Germany:115 min
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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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18 out of 20 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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