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Queen of the Gypsies (1976)

Tabor ukhodit v nebo (original title)
Rada, a beautiful and very proud gipsy girl is used to steal men's hearts and monk them. Zobar is a horse thief who's heart is stolen by Rada and his mind is bewitched. He is ready to give up his freedom but not his pride.


Emil Loteanu


Maxim Gorky (stories), Emil Loteanu
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Credited cast:
Grigore Grigoriu ... Loiko Zobar (as Grigori Grigoriu)
Svetlana Toma ... Radda
Barasbi Mulayev Barasbi Mulayev ... Makar Chudra (as B. Mulayev)
Ion Sandri Scurea Ion Sandri Scurea ... Siladi
Pavel Andreychenko ... Talimon
Sergiu Finiti Sergiu Finiti ... Bubulia
Lyalya Chyornaya Lyalya Chyornaya ... Old Gypsy Woman
Borislav Brondukov ... Bucha (as Boryslav Brondukov)
Nelli Volshaninova ... Rusalina
Vsevolod Gavrilov ... Danilo
Mikhail Shishkov Mikhail Shishkov ... Nur
Nikolai Volshaninov Nikolai Volshaninov ... Aralambi
Vasyl Symchych ... Balint (as Vasili Simchich)
Yelena Sadovskaya Yelena Sadovskaya ... Yulishka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zinajda Antonova Zinajda Antonova


This colourful, music-filled and sensual melodrama based on early stories by Maxim Gorky tells the fatal love story between the beautiful and rebellious girl Rada and the handsome horse thief Zobar. The story is set in early 20th century Bessarabia, now part of Moldova. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Grand Prize Winner of the San Sebastian Film Festival


Drama | Musical | Romance


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The gypsy camp vanishes into the heavens
27 October 2002 | by Hemiola_78See all my reviews

This movie is a sweet melodrama about the life and the customs of gypsies in the past century. One of the main aspects that one may consider before watching this movie is the soundtrack, which contains several gypsy songs (original, with Romany words) flavored with some masterpieces of the well known Moldavian soundtrack composer Eugen Doga.

Unlike other movies, this film marches deep into the past revealing a world completely unknown to most of the present day individuals, an almost ancient time when gypsies were just a tribe of ill-behaved, rebellious people wandering from one place to another. Everything is covered with a haze of magic and archaic. It was a time when killing and getting killed for a fistful of gold or a horse were the order of the day, when people believed in sorcery and magic. It was a time when the traditions perpetuated orally, when "a capella" singing (rarely aided by a background violin or guitar) rather than big-band Bregovic-like events was the way to express one's grief or happiness. Listen to "I am dying mother" or "Phabaj" to understand what I mean!

Essentially the script tells an uncommon and passionately love story between a horse thief, Zobar, and a young gypsy witch, Rada. The script is a little bit unpolished making the impression of a "pink novel", but the music and the images (not to mention the beauty & talent of Svetlana Toma) balance quite well the not so very thick plot.

9/10 - for picturing so well a world lost to the ravages of time.

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Release Date:

April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track


Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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