In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie "Romania's Independence" - an as faithful as possible ... See full summary »
Marius Florea Vizante,
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.
For a film made in 1911, this chronicle of the 1877 war of Romania and Russia against the Turkish which led to Romania's independence is crude and primitive; but for a film from a country with little film history at the time, it is a monumental achievement. It plays more like a newsreel or documentary than an historical drama, and the filmmakers have little to no knowledge of the concept of editing (if they did, the film would only have been one-third its current length). Of historical importance to Romanian cinema, but of little worth otherwise.
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