It’s the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas alone. Manescu, the history teacher, tries to keep up with his debts. Jderescu, the owner of a local television post, seems not to be so interested in the upcoming holidays. For him, the time to face history has come. Along with Manescu and Piscoci, he is trying to answer for himself a question which for 16 years has not had an answer: “Was it or wasn’t it a revolution in their town?”
Tag Archives: Romanian
Un comisar acuza / A Police Inspector Calls (1975) Sergiu Nicolaescu, Amza Pellea, Gheorghe Dinica, Ion Besoiu, Action, Crime, Drama
The Iron Guard, also known as Legion of Archangel Michael, was a Romanian nationalist and patriotic movement of extreme right; as such, after it rose to power, it supported Nazi Germany and started a fierce campaign of retaliation against its political enemies. As such, in the night of November 26-27, 1940, the Death Teams executed forty political prisoners in the Jilava prison (in the movie, named “Viraga”), and next day, other two Teams arrested and shot the former minister Virgil Madgearu and the world famous historian Nicolae Iorga (in the movie: Costin Märgeanu and Nicolae Jugu). To squash down the political outcry, the Police Prefect Stefan Zävoianu (Visan Nävodeanu) conveniently assigns the cases to a commissioner from the “Morals Division” (prostitution, thieves), Tudor Moldovan, hoping that he will fail to get to the bottom of the case. However, Moldovan has communist sympathies, so he quickly comes under the influence of the Bolshevik Pîrvu, who had escaped during the Viraga…
Padurea spânzuratilor / Forest of the Hanged (1965) Liviu Ciulei, Victor Rebengiuc, Stefan Ciubotarasu, Drama, History, Romance
In 1916 ethnic Romanian Apostol Bologa is a Lieutenant in the Habsburg Army and he reports for duty on the front lines determined to do his duty. Upon his arrival he meets a fellow officer, Captain Klapka, and informs him of the upcoming execution of Lieutenant Svoboda who tried to desert to the enemy. Lieutenant Bologa shows his satisfaction at having been a member of the Court Martial that convicted Svoboda to death by hanging.After all,they all took an oath of loyalty toward the Habsburgs.Despite Bologa’s loyal bravado the fact that their enemy is the Romanian Army doesn’t escape him.The Romanian lines are just a few yards away and being a Romanian himself Bologa longs for his native Romania.More and more Bologa agonizes over loyalty and desertion to his Romanian brethren.His friend,Captain Klapka, reminds him of the severe penalty for desertion.