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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
Boryslav Brondukov ... Bucha
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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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Etnographic foray in myth space
31 December 2006 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

A poem about freedom and love. A strange world of joy, ambitions and desires. A form of escape and a colorful dream.

Emil Loteanu was a special director for the way chosen. His movies, products of Sovietic cinema, are, very often, touching skits of a raw cardboard's space. The stake- to prove the identity of a small nation in a empire. The means- Russian art of purlieus. Accent on the dramatic themes and emotions like only message.

"Tabor ukhodit v nebo" is only a picturesque film about a imaginary community. His importance is not small because the Gipsys are the product, in the self-image ,of this movie, slice of a possible golden age at the beginning of XXth century. In same time, it is a good introduction to Kusturica filmography, with the aspects of a ambiguous Balkan's life, with songs and carousals with barbarian persistent taste, with full of color atmosphere and any way of business.

So, a good film for Bovaric public, for the Kakania's nostalgics, for amateurs of subtle kitsch, for the fans of actors, for old Gipsys or dreamers. But, in fact,it is only a ethnographic foray in Maxim Gorki's pathetic universe. Eastern Europe- like a strange endless Gypsy's song.

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Release Date:

April 1979 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track


Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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