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Mera spored mera (1981)

Early 20th c. This is an era of seething passions, aspirations for freedom and national self-identification. Uprising are incited, blood is shed. The picture features national leaders who ... See full summary »

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Georgi Djulgerov
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Rousy Chanev Rousy Chanev ... Dilber Tanas
Grigor Vachkov Grigor Vachkov ... Apostol voevoda
Katia Ivanova Katia Ivanova ... Slava
Stefan Mavrodiyev Stefan Mavrodiyev ... Chernopeev
Bogdan Glishev Bogdan Glishev ... Sandanski
Christine Bartlet Christine Bartlet ... Miss Stone
Rumena Trifonova Rumena Trifonova ... Ekaterina Tzilka
Tzvetana Maneva Tzvetana Maneva ... Tasha, Bela Itza
Dimitar Buynozov Dimitar Buynozov ... Gotze Delchev
Vladimir Yochev Vladimir Yochev ... Kristyo Assenov
Margarita Karamiteva Margarita Karamiteva ... Anika
Lyudmil Todorov Lyudmil Todorov ... Muchitano
Ivan Tscherkelov Ivan Tscherkelov ... Vasil Chongalot
Georgi Todorov Georgi Todorov ... Popot Kocho
Georgi Bakhchevanov Georgi Bakhchevanov ... Gone Begenin
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Early 20th c. This is an era of seething passions, aspirations for freedom and national self-identification. Uprising are incited, blood is shed. The picture features national leaders who become heroes as early as in their lifetime. The protagonist is rank-and-file Macedonian who is unwittingly swept by the events. Later, it was his conscious choice. He was a witness of changes, crucial for the nation. He comes across legendary personalities. He gets enchanted and disappointed. He is seeking for the right answers, rethinks what he saw and experienced to tell his story in his simple, but candid and wise words of his own. Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Country:

Bulgaria

Language:

Bulgarian

Release Date:

4 May 1981 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Measure for Measure See more »

Filming Locations:

Bansko, Bulgaria See more »

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Boyana Film See more »
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Mono

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Color
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The best Bulgarian movie, period...
2 February 2004 | by btodorovSee all my reviews

"Mera spored mera" is the greatest ever Bulgarian movie for a number of reasons, but one above else: it is a technical success such as the country's cinematography has never achieved: the sound, the image, and the sequence are impeccable.

As for the plot, the movie is an enviably trustworthy rendition of some of the most traumatic events in the 20th-century history of the Balkans: the formation of a Macedonian revolutionary movement for the establishment of an autonomous province within the Ottoman Empire, the failed uprising of 1903 which resulted in massacres and mass emigration, and the fraternal wars which exploded among the revolutionaries (the comitadzi) as a result of this failure. Except for the main character, Dilber Tanas, who is a personification of the "quintessential", but anonymous Macedonian company-leader (voevoda), all the characters are historical figures and all the events have really taken place.

The astounding dialogs in the local dialects, the hilarious humour surrounding some of the central, and actually tragic, events (Dilber Tanas is himself a genuinely funny guy), the superbly organized battle scenes, and the invigorating landscapes of Macedonia (all shootings took place at, or close to, the sites of the actual events) make the movie a pleasure to see.

The Macedonian revolution is considered by millions of Bulgarians as a period of pain and loss, yet of pride and heroism as well. Hundreds of thousands people in the country have their roots in Macedonia and regard the depicted events as personal tragedy. The doubtless success of the movie is that it presents the events in a truly epic dimension, bringing forth the beauty and glory of self-sacrifice: in short, what the Bulgarian audience wants to see. At the same time, the script is carefully measured so as to stay as far as possible from any chauvinistic digressions and to placate the possible negative outbursts among Bulgaria's neighbors.


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