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.
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 order to avoid reprisals from the Wehrmacht for the murder of a soldier, intellectuals from a Romanian village try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save everybody.
Following the 1394 Battle of Rovine between the Wallachian and Ottoman armies Wallachian ruler Mircea the Elder consolidates his reign.In a small civil war he manages to oust his brother Dan from Wallachia.Dan's dream of usurping the Wallachian throne is destroyed and he is banished from the kingdom.After this confrontation Prince Mircea the Elder ruler of Wallachia receives envoys from the Polish king and from the Ottoman sultan.In their attempt to conquer Europe the Ottoman Turks are seeking European allies.Their envoys to Wallachia want to persuade Prince Mircea to join them but the Polish envoys also are hoping to sway Wallachia to their side.Prince Mircea of Wallachia hesitates.An alliance with fellow Christian Poles seems logical but their conditions are harsh.The conditions of a possible military alliance with the Ottoman Turks are more attractive.However,the Ottoman Turks are Muslim and they also are the traditional enemies of the small Christian kingdom of Wallachia.Caught ... Written by
For the large battle scenes actual Romanian soldiers were used as extras, for both the ancient Romanian an Ottoman (Turkish) armies. During some scenes they took the fight a bit too serious. This augmented the realistic look of those scenes, but as the weapons were made of wood, not rubber, some of them got a few bruises from the experience. See more »
In the closing scene King Mircea is standing on a dam made of large rocks (a common type of dam in Romania since ancient times), but it's clearly a modern construction, flat in the middle and covered with concrete. Ancient dams had no flat surface, being made only of irregular rocks. See more »
King Mircea the Elder:
There are three things that I always hated. The scared soldier, the proud fool, and the traitor. Whether he was a lord or a commoner.
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one of games with historical events of Sergiu Nicolaescu. not bad and not credible. not only for the low respect for facts - it is not a documentary - but for the status of film as political tool. national proud is the only theme. the image of Mircea - confuse in many scenes- is source to legitimate the regime. or, after 1990, in declarations of the director, subtle form of resistance against dictatorship. the film has not a precise line but a mixture of problems and characters and unrealistic scenes. the desire to give the portrait of an almost superhero compromise the good premises. and that does for the actors an impossible mission to save the story. the absurd dialogues between grandfather and grandson, the Almighty Mircea, the strange hypothesis of plan against him, the miraculous resurrection are suffocated for a film who could be real interesting.
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