Four boys start neglecting school in order to meet in a hidden location and play poker. As time goes by, their poker games become more and more serious, while at the same time bring them ... See full summary »
After the death of Prince Stephen the Great the throne of the Principality of Moldavia is up for grabs.Two of Prince Stephen's legitimate descendants, Stefan Tomsa and Elisabeta Movila start a bloody civil war of succession in 1612.Elisabeta Movila is the widow of former ruler Ieremia Movila and mother of Constantin Movila who briefly held the throne of Moldavia but was ousted and replaced by Prince Stefan Tomsa.They both have legitimate claims to the throne of Moldavia and this particular succession war seems inevitable.The Stefan Tomsa faction is militarily supported by the Ottoman Turks and by the Tatar Khan Temir Bey.The Movila faction is supported by boyars loyal to the Movila clan and by a few Polish nobles aided by an army of mercenaries.In 1612 the Principality of Moldavia is shattered by war. Written by
good intentions. and bizarre result. that is all. a too serious and not really inspired adaptation of one of the most Romanian historical novels . saved by acting - and that is a rule for the films under Communist regime - it is reflection of the ambition of Mircea Drăgan to realize a kind of blockbuster. nothing bad if you ignore the kitsch, the chaotic events, the desire to create the atmosphere using dialogues in different languages, exotic dances and costumes and mixture of influences from different periods. a film who has a good start and few nice scenes. and a small sin - the lost of direction. the performance of Ștefan Ciubotărașu as the boyar Orheianu represents one of the good points of film. and, in same measure, Ștefan Tomșa in the interpretation of Ion Besoiu. but it is not really enough for define the film more than an eccentric cocktail of different influences.
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