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Forest of the Hanged (1965)

Padurea spânzuratilor (original title)
In 1916 as an officer in the Habsburg Army ethnic Romanian Apostol Bologa is torn between remaining loyal to the Habsburgs or deserting to the Romanian Army across enemy lines.

Director:

Liviu Ciulei

Writers:

Titus Popovici, Liviu Rebreanu (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Rebengiuc ... Lieutenant Apostol Bologa
Liviu Ciulei ... Captain Klapka
Stefan Ciubotarasu Stefan Ciubotarasu ... Petre
György Kovács György Kovács ... Habsburg General Von Karg
Anna Széles Anna Széles ... Ilona (as Ana Széles)
Gina Patrichi Gina Patrichi ... Roza
András Csiky András Csiky ... Varga (as Andrei Csiki)
Emmerich Schäffer ... Johan Maria Müller (as Emeric Scháfer)
Costache Antoniu Costache Antoniu ... Preotul
Emil Botta Emil Botta ... Captain Cervenko
Laszlo Kiss Laszlo Kiss ... Vidor (as László Kiss)
Nicolae Tomazoglu Nicolae Tomazoglu ... Army Doctor
Constantin Brezeanu Constantin Brezeanu ... (Procurorul militar)
Ion Caramitru ... Petre Petre
George Aurelian George Aurelian ... Domsa
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Storyline

In 1916, ethnic Romanian Apostol Bologa is a Lieutenant in the Habsburg Army and he reports for duty on the front lines determined to do his duty. Upon his arrival, he meets a fellow officer, Captain Klapka, and informs him of the upcoming execution of Lieutenant Svoboda who tried to desert to the enemy. Lieutenant Bologa shows his satisfaction at having been a member of the Court Martial that convicted Svoboda to death by hanging. After all, they all took an oath of loyalty toward the Habsburgs. Despite Bologa's loyal bravado, the fact that their enemy is the Romanian Army doesn't escape him. The Romanian lines are just a few yards away and being a Romanian himself Bologa longs for his native Romania. More and more Bologa agonizes over loyalty and desertion to his Romanian brethren. His friend, Captain Klapka, reminds him of the severe penalty for desertion. Written by nufs68

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

16 March 1965 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Forest of the Hanged See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

ROL 10,542,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Romanian actor Serban Cantacuzino was supposed to play the role of Apostol Bologa but ultimately the role went to actor Victor Rebengiuc. See more »

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a masterpiece
5 June 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

one of the Romanian films who remains, after a half of century, more than impressive. for high cinematography, for the impeccable performances, for the meet between one of the most remarkable directors from the East Europe and a novel by Liviu Rebreanu. a war film in which the war is the lead character. Apostol Bologa, one of the magnificent characters played by Victor Rebengiuc, looking for define it for be the master of his life. a film in which each scene could be memorable. because each scene defines a profound drama with a cold and predictable end. because it is a film about life and conscience, about friendship and about different forms of borders, and need to give the right answer to him from a honest man who has the sin to be victim of political context


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