The picture features the life and deeds of Boris I - strong historic personality, which completes his mission to the full and at the end of his life receives holy orders. Prince Boris I is ...
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In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is... See full summary »
The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan, raping and killing his wife in full view ... See full summary »
The 1960s was the time of Beatles and Rolling Stones, the time of sexual revolution. These events have their echo in Bulgarian English-learning school. The school order provokes a protest of the students due to the narrow-minded teachers.
He is well educated, charming, and gallant - a dream for each lonely lady. In reality he is a skillful swindler, who robs naive women. Cheating merchants with guilty consciences are his ... See full summary »
The film is a screen version of the novel by Dimitar Dimov (1909-1966) and deals with the conflicts and contradictions in Bulgarian society during a period stretching from the early thirties to the end of the Second World War.
Prof. Denev is a talented scientist, but he cannot divide his time between the social and the scientific life. Suddenly he gets the idea to bring his cousin Ivan from the village. They look... See full summary »
The picture features the life and deeds of Boris I - strong historic personality, which completes his mission to the full and at the end of his life receives holy orders. Prince Boris I is ruling in the late 9th century. In his youth, he, the brilliant statesman and diplomat, is experiencing heavy defeats in the wars he wages against his neighbors. Nonetheless, he manages not to cede any territories to the enemies. Under his rule, Bulgaria breaks with paganism and joins the Christian community, paying an exorbitant price, a heavy death toll, but there is no other way. The adoption of Christianity in 864 was a historical event of great significance. It guaranteed Boris I much need peace with the Eastern Roman Empire and allowed him to merge the numerous tribes inhabiting the country into a unified nationality and later to found a state. Boris I introduced the Slav script, thus turning Bulgaria into the cradle of Slav culture. Stiff resistance, however, met his actions. The former pagan... Written by
Georgi Djulgerov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just watched "Boris I" episodes for the second time in a month and surely I will watch them again with other Bulgarian fellows. Needless to say, if you are looking for a "Kingdom of Heaven"-type of heavy medieval battles or sword fight and chivalry/fancy/ridiculous-type of "medieval" fashion from "Knight's Tale", you definitely will not find neither of them in this movie. The idea of "Boris I" is very simple to bring to live one of the most important periods in the defining of the Bulgarian nation and to re-awake some almost forgotten accords in the Bulgarian soul. Let all "statement"-type of dialogs aside (typical for some Bulgarian movies), I believe the idea of the movie is well accomplished and the importance of the conversion into the Eastern Orthodox fate is beautifully recreated. In fact, it appears to me that the power of the first episode is overlooked by the communist oversight back in 1983 and the importance of the adoption of the Eastern Orthodox fate is truly conveyed (especially when Boris-Mihail meet with the cave-priest), aside from the strong political reasoning of the time, put upfront. The second episode as also well done and the great deeds of the three students are represented powerfully.
After all, this movie is created as almost pure historical re-enactment of key events from the Bulgarian history for Bulgarians and no foreigner will neither understand it, nor like it. Well, I'm Bulgarian so it works perfectly for me and my soul. I hope it does the same for yours.
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