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Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1972)

Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte (original title)
In order to avoid reprisals from the Wehrmacht for the murder of a soldier, intellectuals from a Romanian village try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save everybody.

Director:

Sergiu Nicolaescu

Writers:

Titus Popovici (novel), Titus Popovici (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Amza Pellea Amza Pellea ... Ipu, nebunul satului
Cristian Sofron Cristian Sofron ... Elev in vacanta
Ion Besoiu Ion Besoiu ... Parintele Ioan
Gheorghe Dinica ... Notar
Ioana Bulca Ioana Bulca ... Margareta
Octavian Cotescu Octavian Cotescu ... Doctorul Bunu
Iurie Darie ... Ilegalist, fratele elevului
Klára Sebök Klára Sebök ... Clara (as Maria Clara Sebök)
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ... Plutonierul Gociman (as S. Mihailescu Braila)
Eugenia Bosânceanu Eugenia Bosânceanu ... D-na Bunu
Eliza Petrachescu Eliza Petrachescu ... Fumegoiaia
Sergiu Nicolaescu ... colonlul von Eck
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandru Herescu Alexandru Herescu
Ernest Maftei Ernest Maftei ... Marcu
Lazar Vrabie Lazar Vrabie ... Directorul casei de corectie
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Storyline

During World War II, just before the events of August 23rd 1944, a German soldier is found murdered in a Romanian village. The dead soldier's superior threatens the villagers that unless the perpetrator is handed over by the following morning they will all face reprisals. In order to avoid this, the village intellectuals try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save them.

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

24 January 1972 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Then I Sentenced Them All to Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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Production Co:

Filmstudio Bucuresti See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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World - definition of a child
1 October 2009 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

The world as construction of a child. A village. A war. A crime. And the best scapegoat. Some circles. like Visniec circles. And few walks in the search of essence of life. A movie who must be discover. Story about colors of ages, about a lost village and its leaders. The Nazi presence. And a boy with his fried, the fool of community. A film like a spring morning. Delicate and common. Sad and profound. Game of gestures and lace of words. After all, the death. As last sign of a long expectation. As key of soul's treasure. As definition of silence. A lesson for be yourself not a shadow of intentions. Old "El laberinto del fauno". Same taste. Different recipes.


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