A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.
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Marius Florea Vizante,
Bucharest 1959. A spectacular Bank heist has the country in an uproar. In post-war Communist Romania it is an unimaginable slap in the face to the iron fisted authorities. Four men and a woman are arrested, tried, convicted and while waiting for their execution... are forced to star in a propaganda film about the crime. All five protagonists were heroes of the resistance during the Second World War and highly placed members of Romanian society. They clearly knew they would be caught and executed. Written by
Director Nae Caranfil on the historical background and his research: "...usually I don't do very much research. I rely on my imagination but this time, I tried to get every bit of information I could. The best thing I did, in a way, was to get hold of some Israeli Romanian language magazines published in Tel Aviv where they made a whole file over three or four editions of the events with people that were remembering things in very different ways. So, I got very different angles on this story and then, aside from the documentary film [Great Communist Bank Robbery (2004)] made by Alexandru Solomon, I saw another documentary film [Reconstruction (2002)] of which nobody knew in Romania, made by the woman's granddaughter [Irene Lusztig]. She's living in New York and she came to Bucharest in 1999 and made a documentary about her grandmother." See more »
During World War II, the anti-Nazi resistance in Romania was mainly organized by the Communist Party.
A number of young Jews joined the cause, believing their freedom would come from the Soviet Union.
The Red Army didn't free, but enslave the country, along with the whole Eastern and Central Europe. An iron-fist regime was installed.
Former Jewish partisans became part of the governing elite.
Their positions started to erode until, by the last years of the 50's, they were being systematically ...
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About five minutes into this film I had the sinking feeling that I had just paid to see a film I would not want to watch. I chose it from a list of "On Demand" films on TV and the blurb was misleading otherwise I probably wouldn't have chosen it. The blurb said something about WWII, Jews,and Communism, so I thought it was about WWII and the Holocaust, but it is not. Anyway, I would have stayed with it but found it both confusing and boring. It struck me as an artistic film that's more about the acting and other aspects of its production, than it is about storytelling. I found it to be similar to watching an early Fellini production in which a certain grotesqueness about the actors' faces and behaviors is supposed to be moving and often, humorous. Perhaps if I had had more knowledge about the history upon which the film is based, I would have enjoyed it more? Somehow, I don't think so.
There's also the possibility that the discomfort I felt watching the film was the reaction the director and producers were going for. If that's the case, I suppose it warrants a much higher vote than I gave it.
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