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Proud Heritage (1989)
"Mircea" (original title)

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After 1394 King Mircea the Elder, ruler of Wallachia, ponders the eventual consequences of a military alliance with the Poles versus one with the Turks.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergiu Nicolaescu ...
King Mircea the Elder
Serban Ionescu ...
Prince Mihail son of King Mircea
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Vlad Dracul father of Vlad the Impaler
Vlad Nemes ...
Ion Besoiu ...
Emperor Sigismund's envoy
Ion Ritiu ...
Sultan Baiazid
George Alexandru ...
Sultan Mehmet
Ioana Pavelescu ...
Elisaveta wife of Prince Mihail
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Irina mother of young Vlad
Colea Rautu ...
Turkish envoy Izedin-bey
Traian Costea ...
Dan, King Mircea's Brother
Vladimir Gaitan ...
Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund
Corneliu Gîrbea ...
Ion Iercau (as Cornel Gîrbea)
Papil Panduru ...
Mezea, King Mircea's Servant
Stefan Velniciuc ...
Jean de Neverre of Burgundy
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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 nufs68

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The famous one on one meeting and dialogue between the sultan Baiazid (the Lightning) and king Mircea (the Old) is not documented in any historical sources, so it probably never happened. This scene is directly inspired from a famous epic poem called "The 3rd letter" written by Mihai Eminescu (a famous Romanian poet) in the 19th century. In the movie part of the dialogue is taken directly from this poem, with only minor changes. Though not historically accurate, the scene is highly symbolic and emphasizes some significant concepts that fueled the continued (and often successful) resistance of the small Romanian army in face of the mighty Ottoman (Turkish) empire. See more »

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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 »

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World Through the Eyes of Dracula as a Kid
30 March 2011 | by (Russia) – See all my reviews

Sergiu Nicolaescu is one of best film directors in Romania. "Mircea" is devoted to the history of Medieval Romania (Wallachia). Old Mircea, prince of Wallachia, is trying to stop Turkish invasion into Europe, there are political intrigues inside his own family, he should fight against his brother... The film is long and epic, sometimes it could seem naive and too long, and truly "Mircea" is not the best film by Sergiu Nicolaescu. It's not as dynamic and impressive as his other films. But Nicolaescu made here very original step which could be interesting for the foreign viewers.

All events here are shown from the point of view of a kid - Vlad Tepes (Tsepesh) i.o. Dracula himself, who was the grandson of Mircea. Mircea, Vlad, Romania (Wallachia) are shown here as a parts and participants of Euro-Asian policy and culture. Sultan Bayazid, Timur the Great are appearing in this film. And it's very original if you see the Dracula not as fantasy monster of Hollywood movies but as future freedom fighter. That's why this film is worth viewing for the lovers of historical cinema.

I could suppose that Coppola saw this film and it influenced his vision of Dracula. As example battle sequence in the very start of "Mircea", view of Turkish camp in the night behind the river could remind you of the first minutes from "Bram Stocker's Dracula" by F.F. Coppola. Film was banned by Romanian dictator Nicolae Caushescu in the last year of his reign.


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