After 20 years in Ottoman Constantinople, Moldavian Prince Dimitrie Cantemir completes the written history of the Ottoman Empire and is crowned King of Moldavia in 1710 but his valuable manuscript is stolen by foreign agents.
When the Ottoman Porte denies his right to rule Moldavia in 1693,Moldavian Prince Dimitrie Cantemir goes to Constantinople to complete his studies. Brilliant scholar Prince Cantemir writes the history of the Ottoman Empire.At his disposal are the Ottoman and Persian archives.After 20 years his History of the Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire is ready.Foreign powers want the manuscript since it contains an insight into the Ottoman power, including possible causes for its eventual downfall.The manuscript is invaluable for the Ottomans as well as for any enemy foreign power.While agents of foreign powers try to buy the manuscript Prince Cantemir simply wants to publish it at the Academy of Berlin for the free benefit of all scholars.The Ottomans crown him King of Moldavia in 1710 but Cantemir signs an alliance with Russian Czar Peter the Great which inevitably leads to war with Turkey.Worse still, his manuscript gets stolen by paid thieves. Written by
Initially, it was a joint project between Romania ("Casa de Filme Cinci"), Germany ("DEFA Berlin") and the Soviet Union ("Mosfilm") but it was produced by Romania alone when the German and the Soviet film companies withdrew from the project. See more »
Ion Popescu Gopo as Peter the Great is the real surprise and the perfect spice for a film of good intentions but reduced as not real convincing portrait of a Moldavian prince. Alexandru Repan in the lead role does a beautiful job but the dialogues who are only collection of sentences, the ambition to open windows in the basic story who give fake perspectives, the silly situations who are far to convince are the reason to see with large benevolence a decent film with few not small errors. sure, it reflect the vision about national history of a dictatorship. sure, it remains beautiful like an old brooch. but its basic virtue is the status of start point for discover the fascinating personality of Dimitrie Cantemir. the film propose only a delicate , decent sketch, but it is enough for search the way of an ambitious young man who represents one of the early great cultural personality of Romanian civilization. and one of the most fascinating from Europe of his period.
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