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The Carpathian Castle (1981)

Castelul din Carpati (original title)
In late 19th century, a Transylvanian revolutionary fleeing the Imperial authorities goes to Italy where he meets a beautiful soprano who later disappears under mysterious circumstances.


Stere Gulea


Nicolae Dragos, Mihai Stoian (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Maria Banica Maria Banica ... Stilla
Avram Besoiu Avram Besoiu
Ion Caramitru ... Alexandru Policretti
Cornel Ciupercescu ... Frâncu
Kurt Conrant Kurt Conrant
Flavius Constantinescu Flavius Constantinescu ... Tomut
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Radu Cozan Radu Cozan
András Csiky András Csiky ... Viceguveratorul
Gioni Dimitriu Gioni Dimitriu
Gheorghe Ditu Gheorghe Ditu
Dan Dobre Dan Dobre
Wolfgang Gyurgyewich Wolfgang Gyurgyewich
Tatiana Iekel Tatiana Iekel
Marcel Iures ... Orfanic


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23 March 1981 (Romania) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The 19th century voice-recording equipment seen in the film was borrowed from the technical museum 'Muzeul Tehnic Prof. Ing. Dimitrie Leonida' of Bucharest. See more »


Version of Castelul din Carpati (1975) See more »

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sea of silence
20 August 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

more than Jules Verne novel adaptation, it is a Stere Gulea film. a film who preserves original atmosphere but gives to it new interesting nuances. a film about ideal and fight - against yourself - , about victories as precious drawings and need of success. change of a world, a political event and a young man who search transform the time. and, sure, a castle. only as sign of this search. it is a film of emotions in veil of Verdi music and in the delicate image of Maria Bănică character. it is, in same measure, a film about clash between honey of past and a future without borders or real identity. in fact, a kind of poem. a sea of silence

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