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Vlad Tepes (1979)

Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula, fights the Ottoman Turks on the battlefield and the Hungarian Boyars in his court.

Director:

Doru Nastase

Writer:

Mircea Mohor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefan Sileanu Stefan Sileanu ... Vlad Tepes
Ernest Maftei Ernest Maftei ... Manzila
Emanoil Petrut Emanoil Petrut ... Armasul Stoica
Teofil Vâlcu Teofil Vâlcu ... Albu
Alexandru Repan Alexandru Repan ... Mahomed al II-lea
Constantin Codrescu Constantin Codrescu ... Iunus Beg
George Constantin George Constantin ... Mitropolitul Munteniei
Constantin Barbulescu Constantin Barbulescu ... Starostele negustorilor
Ion Marinescu Ion Marinescu ... Mahmud Pasa
Silviu Stanculescu Silviu Stanculescu ... Sava
Vasile Cosma Vasile Cosma ... Mogos
Petre Simionescu Petre Simionescu
György Kovács György Kovács ... Szilágyi
Mihai Paladescu Mihai Paladescu ... Papa Pius al II-lea
Petre Gheorghiu-Dolj Petre Gheorghiu-Dolj ... (as Petre Gheorghiu Dolj)
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Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula, fights the Ottoman Turks on the battlefield and the Hungarian Boyars in his court.

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

8 January 1979 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Vlad the Impaler: The True Life of Dracula See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Romania Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Five films featuring Vlad Tepes' fictional counterpart Count Dracula were released in the same year: Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Love at First Bite (1979), Dracula (1979), Nocturna (1979) and Dracula Blows His Cool (1979). See more »

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Vlad Tepes: It is not your country, boyars. You belong to this country. And me as well, I belong to this country. One says Ladislau of Hungary, not Hungary of Ladislau, Kazimir of Poland, not Poland of Kazimir. If it weren't this way, the countries would perish with their lords, and with their boyars.
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Featured in Dracula: The True Story (1997) See more »

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Some background info about the time this was made
3 September 2017 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

I'm writing this review in response to some nationalistic hyperbole here, just to remind you folks out there what was happening in Romania at the time this film was made.

From the mid-70s, the Ceaușescu regime nationalized all ethnic minority centers. Villages and cities were renamed, non-Romanian schools and businesses closed, non-Romanian employees fired amidst an ever tightening noose of state oppression. In response to this, West Germany paid the government a "head prize" of 10000 Deutschmarks to allow the German population to emigrate. Ceaușescu saw this as incentive to step up the persecution, thus almost the entire German minority (and many Hungarians) left.

The film makes reference to this when the Hungarian nobility is portrayed as treacherous (which indeed it was), and the German merchants as greedy (which is debatable - they didn't trade slaves, for example). There is a scene when Vlad levies a heavy tax on them, which in the context of 1979 could be understood as legitimization of asset confiscation. Also Vlad holds many speeches about the need for firm leadership, which in his time was certainly true, but the wording obviously refers to the "condutatorul" (meaning Führer) Ceaușescu.

Apart from these obvious reverences the film makers had to make to the dictator, this is actually a fairly good portrayal of the historical Vlad, even though his fantastic life story would certainly deserve a huge Hollywood production - it is so much more interesting than that novel concocted by that sexually frustrated, opium-addicted Irishman.


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