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Kaloyan (1963)

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 ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vasil Stoychev Vasil Stoychev ... Tsar Kaloyan
Bogomil Simeonov Bogomil Simeonov ... Milat
Spas Dzhonev Spas Dzhonev ... Boril
Andrey Mihaylov Andrey Mihaylov ... Manastar
Magdalena Mircheva Magdalena Mircheva ... Chichek
Tzvetana Maneva Tzvetana Maneva ... Denitza
Ivan Stefanov Ivan Stefanov ... Ugay
Ivan Tonev Ivan Tonev ... Dobrilo
Nikolay Doychev Nikolay Doychev ... Dyado Radoy
Lyubomir Dimitrov Lyubomir Dimitrov ... Mladen
Bozhidar Lechev Bozhidar Lechev ... Valkan
Konstantin Dimchev Konstantin Dimchev ... Strazimir
Stefan Petrov Stefan Petrov
Boris Mihaylov Boris Mihaylov
Vasil Prodanov Vasil Prodanov
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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 <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Country:

Bulgaria

Language:

Bulgarian

Release Date:

21 January 1963 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Kalojan cár See more »

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Boyana Film See more »
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Mono

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Color
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One of the greatest Bulgarian films
26 August 2009 | by beteigeuseSee all my reviews

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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