The Iron Guard, also known as Legion of Archangel Michael, was a Romanian nationalist and patriotic movement of extreme right; as such, after it rose to power, it supported Nazi Germany and... See full summary »
In 1918 a defeated Austro-Hungarian Baron Colonel Von Görtz returns home to Transylvania which has just been lost to Romania. A vengeful Von Görtz punishes the nearby villagers but Romanian Major Tudor Andrei aids them.
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.
recreate Medieval atmosphere. use a great Romanian cast. present heart of a time as a large play in which faith, fear and fortune are parts of a fragile ladder. portrait of a genius. reflection about life. adventures of a spirit. hymn to profound freedom. like many films by Sergiu Nicolaescu, Villon is a fresco. exercise of revival for a period with careful preoccupation for details. but it is more. it is a labyrinth. the viewer is character of a trip in essence of things and not fight scenes, not individual events are real relevant but flavor of old Vanitas vanitatum. it is a beautiful film. for noble intentions, for respect of measure, for wonderful performance and subtle game of nuances. only problem - Florent Pagny who, in few sequences, is lost in a machine system to fast for him.
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