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Forest of the Hanged ()

Padurea spânzuratilor (original title)
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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.

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Lieutenant Apostol Bologa
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Captain Klapka
Stefan Ciubotarasu ...
Petre
György Kovács ...
Habsburg General Von Karg
Anna Széles ...
Ilona
Gina Patrichi ...
Roza
András Csiky ...
Varga (as Andrei Csiky)
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Private Müller
Costache Antoniu ...
The Priest
Emil Botta ...
Captain Cervenko
Laszlo Kiss ...
Vidor
Nicolae Tomazoglu ...
Army Doctor
Constantin Brezeanu ...
Military Prosecutor
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Petre Petre
George Aurelian ...
Domsa
Mihai Mereuta ...
Corporal overseeing gravediggers
Gheorghe Cozorici ...
captured Romanian officer
Mariana Mihut ...
Marta
Toma Caragiu ...
Habsburg officer
Nae Roman ...
A Colonel
Valeriu Arnautu ...
Captain Svoboda
Francisc Bencze ...
An NCO
Alexandra Polizu ...
Rodovica
Radu Dunareanu ...
An NCO
Nicolae Luchian Botez ...
An Officer (as Luchian Botez)
Constantin Lipovan ...
A Soldier
Val Lefescu ...
Telegraph Operator (as Valeriu Lefescu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marga Barbu
Tedi Dumitru ...
A Soldier
Angela Moldovan ...
Mrs. Domsa
Haralambie Polizu ...
A Soldier
Silvia Popovici
Jean Reder ...
An Officer
Nicolae Secareanu

Directed by

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Liviu Ciulei

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Titus Popovici ... ()
 
Liviu Rebreanu ... (novel)

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Mihai Crisan ... producer

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Theodor Grigoriu

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Ovidiu Gologan

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Yolanda Mîntulescu ... (as Iolanda Mintulescu)
Dan Naum

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Cristina Ionescu ... assistant editor

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Giulio Tincu

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Aureliu Ionescu

Set Decoration by

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Giulio Tincu

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Ovidiu Bubulac
Ileana Oroveanu

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Suzana Almasan ... assistant makeup artist
Teodora Cosacescu ... assistant makeup artist
Ioana Simionescu ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Sideriu Aurian ... production manager
Alfonso Diez ... production manager
Nicolae Niculescu ... production manager

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Silviu Dimitrovici ... first assistant director
Edith Mandel ... second assistant director
Mariana Petculescu ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Dan Jitianu ... set dresser
Costica Zamfir ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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Anusavan Salamanian ... sound
Valentin Tesa ... boom operator

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Nicolae Daraban ... pyrotechnician

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Alexandru Bilu ... still photographer
Alexandru David ... camera operator
Dan Platon ... first assistant camera
Petre Sorescu ... assistant camera / second assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ioana Gardescu ... costume assistant
Florica Predoiu ... set costumer

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Emanuel Elenescu ... conductor

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Dumitru Carabat ... script editor
Ioan Leonida ... military advisor
Loghin Leonida ... military advisor
Mariana Popa ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Pădurea spânzuratilor (Romania)
  • Forest of the Hanged (United States)
  • The Forest of the Hanged (Canada, English title)
  • The Forest of the Hanged (Ireland, English title)
  • The Forest of the Hanged (World-wide, English title)
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  • 154 min
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Budget ROL10,542,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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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