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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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Liviu Ciulei, 1923 - 2011
 (From MUBI. 25 October 2011, 5:29 AM, PDT)

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A Romanian masterpiece 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
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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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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Romanian masterpiece, 1 January 2007
Author: Vincentiu 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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