The character of Costica Caratase is based on legendary real-life actor and theatre director Constantin Tanase. What's more, the name of the character is a composite made up of Toma Caragiu, the actor who plays Caratase, and Constantin Tanase. See more »
Toma Caragiu is magnificent in a gorgeous role. The interbelic atmosphere is recreated with talent and the acting of Marin Moraru, Mircea Albulescu or Mircea Diaconu is precise and subtle.
But, it is an important problem: the transformation of film in a political instrument. A very uncomfortable manicheism transforms a decent movie in a caricature and only the art of Caragiu may evit the metamorphosis in a Communist moral lesson.
The movement of right-extreme is a fundamental character in modern Romanian history and its gestures (murder of five Prime-Ministers), ideas ( a irrational ideology in which the influences of "Mein Kapf" was mixed with East Christianism dogmas), relations with Nazi Germany are parts of reality.
But the message of film is more profound. And his consignee is every anti-democratic regime.
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