The Dacian kingdom lies at the eastern border of the Roman Empire.Only the river Danube separates the two mortal enemies.The Dacian king Decebalus knows that soon the vastly superior Roman legions will cross the river and attack Dacia.
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In 1475 Prince Stephen the Great ruler of Moldavia is facing an invading Ottoman Turkish army of 120 000 men.Only 22 years before,the Ottoman Sultan Mahomed II had conquered Constantinople,the capital of Eastern Roman Empire. Once installed in the capital of the Byzantine Emperors the Sultan sets his sights on the whole of Europe.His enormous armies of Janissaries, Sipahis and Akincis already conquered The Trebizond, the Mediteranean Isles, Greece, Albania and Bosnia.Only a few East European kingdoms are still standing unconquered in the path of the Turks.Moldavia's brave ruler Prince Stephen the Great sends envoys to the courts of Europe to warn of the Turkish menace and to ask for military help.Sultan Mahomed decides to cross the frozen wide river Danube and attack Moldavia in winter time.He's sending general Soliman-Pasha with 80 000 troops toward Bulgaria to join 2 Turkish armies led by Hrana-Beg and Ali-Beg.Europe's fate depends on the outcome of the battle. Written by
a film who represents the period of making, the desire of propaganda to use the national history as tool, the fight of director to save the story using slices from the novel by Mihail Sadoveanu The Brothers Jder. in essence, drawing of a memorable battle and portrait of a great Romanian Medieval hero. the speeches, the message who ignores historical authenticity are, today, only details. Gheorghe Cozorici does a decent job and that is key of the success of film today. his Stephen the Great is image of a mythological hero- wise, courageous, powerful and vulnerable in same measure. sure, the source of emotion is not always most inspired, the dialogs are not always convincing. but it is a crumb from an under political regime's culture. and the science to do more than a fresco of a battle but a sensitive country fighting for its freedom is the basic virtue of film.
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