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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
Gina Patrichi Gina Patrichi ... Roza
András Csiky András Csiky ... Varga (as Andrei Csiky)
Emmerich Schäffer ... Private Müller
Costache Antoniu Costache Antoniu ... The Priest
Emil Botta Emil Botta ... Captain Cervenko
Laszlo Kiss Laszlo Kiss ... Vidor
Nicolae Tomazoglu Nicolae Tomazoglu ... Army Doctor
Constantin Brezeanu Constantin Brezeanu ... Military Prosecutor
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:

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Budget:

ROL 10,542,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During World War One the region of Transylvania was part of the Austria Hungary Empire (Habsburg Empire).Romania was part of the Western Alliance fighting against Germany and Austria Hungary.This meant that many Romanians living in Transylvania were forcibly conscripted into the Habsburg Army fighting against Romania thus pitting Romanians from Romania against Romanians from the Austria-Hungary Empire.This anomaly ended in 1919 when Austria-Hungary lost the war and ceded Transylvania to Romania thus reuniting all Romanians into a single country. See more »

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A Romanian masterpiece
1 January 2007 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

Maybe, the single masterpiece in Romanian cinematography. It is not an ecranisation but a way of reality's reflection. It is a story about war, love, duty and love but it is more. It is a poem in which light, acting and atmosphere are parts of a subtle description of a ordinary strange world.

Victor Rebengiuc, at beginning of his impressive career, create a special character, with thinks, gestures, relationship in Dostoievsky's style, but in a deep mode. The war is not a event, it is the principal character, every image, gorgeous image is one of conflict's bones.

The mud, rope or questions have East European nimbus but the art of Ciulei is the convert of this atmosphere in essence of crisis. A world falls, an interior world, a conscience, and this event is the end of every hour of exterior time. Apostole Bologa is the prototype of anonymous anti-hero, he believes in values of every civilizations and who assist at there putrefaction.

A splendid film of a huge director.


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