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The Goat Horn (1972)

Kozijat rog (original title)
The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan, raping and killing his wife in full view ... See full summary »

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Katya Paskaleva ...
Maria
Anton Gorchev ...
Karaivan
Milen Penev ...
Ovcharyat
Todor Kolev ...
Deli
Kliment Denchev ...
Turchin
Stefan Mavrodiyev ...
Mustafa
Nevena Andonova ...
Maria kato malka
Marin Yanev ...
Nasilnik
Krasimira Petrova ...
Lyubimata na Mustafa
Ivan Obretenov
Andrey Mihaylov
Prodan Nonchev
Iliya Georgiev
Tzanko Petrov
Petar Bozhilov
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The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan, raping and killing his wife in full view of their little girl, Maria. Karaivan decides to take the law into his own hands and becomes enslaved by his violent wish for revenge. He burns their house with his wife's body inside and abandons the gentle life they had shared, choosing instead to take his daughter to live in a rough hut high in the hills. He raises Maria as a boy, training her to fight so that she can kill in cold blood and help her father avenge her mother's murder. Nine years pass before the two locate and kill three of the four perpetrators. At each body they leave a goat horn as the symbol of their revenge. While on a mission to kill the last one at his rich oriental house, Maria becomes the unwitting witness of a love scene and change comes over her. Now, from time to time she secretly dons a beautiful women dress and exults ... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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5 October 1972 (Bulgaria)  »

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Bulgarian submission for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, in 1973. See more »

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At c.33 minutes the corpse is face down when it lands in the grave. In the next shot its position has changed to face upwards. See more »

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Remade as Kozijat rog (1994) See more »

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Excellent movie, a Bulgarian equivalent to Italian neo-realism
7 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie, the Bulgarian equivalent to an Italian neo-realism masterpiece. The degree of freedom to artistic expression is extra-ordinary, especially if replaced into the context of the political environment prevailing in Bulgaria in the 70s. The practical absence of dialogue and music, (except for a very beautiful vocal), and the Black and White image emphasize the dramatic content of the movie. The direction is remarkable, and the play is first-class. Definitely, the best Bulgarian movie, and a must-see for every cinephile.


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