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Actorul si salbaticii (1975)

The director of a famous theater in 1930s Bucharest and his Jewish dramatist are preparing a show designed to satirize the fascist (legionnaire) movement, but the legionnaires are determined to stop the spectacle by any means.

Director:

Manole Marcus

Writer:

Titus Popovici
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toma Caragiu Toma Caragiu ... Costica Caratase
Mircea Albulescu ... Ionel Fridman
Margareta Pogonat Margareta Pogonat ... Elvira Caratase
Ion Besoiu Ion Besoiu ... Guta Popescu
Mircea Diaconu ... Radu Toma
Carmen Petrescu Carmen Petrescu ... Pusi
Maria Chira Maria Chira ... Luci Caratase
George Paul Avram George Paul Avram ... Puiu Mugur
Marin Moraru Marin Moraru ... Vasile
Ovidiu Iuliu Moldovan Ovidiu Iuliu Moldovan ... Legionarul
Carmen Berbecaru Carmen Berbecaru ... Marioara
Gheorghe Simonca Gheorghe Simonca ... Carol II
Florin Zamfirescu Florin Zamfirescu ... Gheorghitä
Lucia Boga Lucia Boga ... Prima actrita
Lia Sahighian Lia Sahighian
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The director of a famous theater in 1930s Bucharest and his Jewish dramatist are preparing a show designed to satirize the fascist (legionnaire) movement, but the legionnaires are determined to stop the spectacle by any means.

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

8 April 1976 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Actor and the Savages See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

Company Credits

Production Co:

Romania Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The character of Costica Caratase is based on legendary real-life actor and theatre director Constantin Tanase. What's more, the name of the character is a composite made up of Toma Caragiu, the actor who plays Caratase, and Constantin Tanase. See more »

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One-sided and propagandist
14 January 2014 | by Ana_BananaSee all my reviews

An overrated film, with underused great actors and historical and stylistic inaccuracies. It's not only that it vilified excessively the Iron Guard and the Germans, but its black and white script makes it a mere propagandist speech. In fact, the Iron Guard was a political party emerged from a hugely popular civic and patriotic movement (the Legion of Archangel Michael), and its later violent excesses were not at all exceptions in that time (actually, King Carol II and some of his ministers first triggered the series of political assassinations, by the way).

Then, the great vaudeville actor and producer Constantin Tanase, the model for this film's lead character, was actually in his last years under the censorship of Soviet forces who had occupied Romania in 1944 (and who apparently even killed him for saying inconvenient truth and for mocking their barbaric behavior). Of course the film makers couldn't say that in Communist Romania in 1975, so they blamed it all on the usual scapegoats, the 'pro-Nazi' legionaries, while the Communists were the 'good guys'.

Perhaps if one takes Caratase's final, didactic monologue about freedom of speech and laughter as being aimed actually and secretly to the much longer enduring tyranny of Communism, that final scene would be bearable. Could the stylistic incongruities (onstage music and dance from the 60s and 70s) be pointing discretely to such an interpretation? But the film is still one-sided, forced, and trying too hard to be funny.


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