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1197. King Kaloyan ascends the throne in hard times for Bulgaria. The country is still recovering from a century of Byzantine subjugation. He is forced to carry out a very flexible foreign policy in order to strength his positions. Pope Innocent III recognizes him as Emperor (Tsar), but a little later the fourth Crusade crosses the country under Emperor Baldwin. A new conflict is coming. Tsar Kaloyan wages the decisive battle at Adrianople and wins.Written by
Georgi Djulgerov <email@example.com>
For me Kaloyan is a greatly underestimated achievement of Bulgarian cinema, perhaps because its generation could not appreciate its advantages - one expects to see just a war movie that shows how great this Bulgarian tzar was (and he certainly was). However this movie is not just a lesson in History - it makes you be Kaloyan, feel his emotions, think the way he thinks. His character is realistic as well - equally fair and brutal, which a real leader had to be. The story is complex and dynamic as it also features minor characters (in terms of history); the music is suitable and the battle scenes are well made. Its atmosphere is certainly memorable.
I consider the film as obligatory for Bulgarian movie fans; personally I prefer it to Aszparuh.
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