In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie “Romania’s Independence” – an as faithful as possible screen adaptation of the real Independence War that had been fought in 1877. Now, “Restul e tacere” tells us, in a loose and half-fictionalized way, the story of this movie making.
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A Romanian peasant is visiting his friend Gogu who works at a hotel on the Black Sea Riviera.At the same hotel the rich American businessman, Mr.Juvett, with many mob enemies on his tail,is mistaken for the peasant Nea Marin,due to their perfect resemblance.The American mob has a contract on Mr. Juvett’s life and hit-men have followed him to Romania.Unfortunatelly for Nea Marin he is thrown into Mr. Juvett’s world and vice-versa,with hilarious consequences.
Following the 1394 Battle of Rovine between the Wallachian and Ottoman armies Wallachian ruler Mircea the Elder consolidates his reign.In a small civil war he manages to oust his brother Dan from Wallachia.Dan’s dream of usurping the Wallachian throne is destroyed and he is banished from the kingdom.After this confrontation Prince Mircea the Elder ruler of Wallachia receives envoys from the Polish king and from the Ottoman sultan.In their attempt to conquer Europe the Ottoman Turks are seeking European allies.Their envoys to Wallachia want to persuade Prince Mircea to join them but the Polish envoys also are hoping to sway Wallachia to their side.Prince Mircea of Wallachia hesitates.An alliance with fellow Christian Poles seems logical but their conditions are harsh.The conditions of a possible military alliance with the Ottoman Turks are more attractive.However,the Ottoman Turks are Muslim and they also are the traditional enemies of the small Christian kingdom of Wallachia.
Ultimul cartus / The Last Bullet (1973) Sergiu Nicolaescu, Ilarion Ciobanu, George Constantin, Amza Pellea, Action, Crime
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.