In late 14th century medieval Serbia becomes the target of Ottoman invaders. One of their renegade gangs burns the castle and takes young wife of Banovic Strahinja, respected Serbian noble....
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Zivorad 'Zika' Mitrovic
In late 14th century medieval Serbia becomes the target of Ottoman invaders. One of their renegade gangs burns the castle and takes young wife of Banovic Strahinja, respected Serbian noble. Banovic Strahinja begins long and almost futile quest for her wife despite everybody else's doubts in her fidelity. Written by
Dragan Antulov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The character of Banovic Strahinja and the events in the movie were based on the eponymous character Strahinja Banovic from at least three Serbian medieval traditional epic poems. His character was described as exceptionally brave and just. He is believed to be a poetically transformed memory of Djuradj II, the Duke of Zeta, a part of ancient Serbia. See more »
The film is based on an old Serbian epic song. It is one of not too many Yugoslav films with medieval 14 century theme, so only for that, for me, it would be worth a look.
Dragan Nikolic is brilliant as Vlah Alija, with no other than Franco Nero as Banovic Strahinja. Rade Serbedzija is exceptional as a crazy dervish and the scene where he is impaled by the Turks is more than powerful.
A minor curiosity in this day and age is that the film with such a typical Serbian folk story was directed by a Croat.
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