During the first World War, on the Austro-Hungarian front, Romanian Lieutenant Apostol Bologa takes part in the hanging of a soldier of Czech origin, executed for desertion. Overcome by guilt, Bologa ends up deserting but is caught and judged.
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A great film by any standard, it put Romania on the cinephile map for the first time. Based on an equally important novel, it feels like a modern update to 'La grande illusion', exhibiting the same antinationalist-humanist sentiments in a more tragic narrative. Young Victor Rebengiuc in the role of a lifetime.
One of the most existentialist anti-war movies I ever saw. Every feeling seems prolonged, often too hysterical, but generally shelter of some breathtakingly consistent and visually elaborate scenes! Loved it!
Intelligent and moving pacifist manifesto during WWI. Ciulei has a great sense of rhythm and the handful of characters (led by the charismatic Rebengiuc) are superbly developed. The moral dilemmas that stem from Anatole's different allegiances is plausible and drives the film steadily into its 'Christological' climax. Great b/w photography (particularly the exterior shots) underscores this compelling drama.
Un Lumet trágico. Un filme que representa la historia de un personaje atado a dilemas morales. A su alrededor, pruebas le recaen, tanto personales como ajenas. Lo que en principio fue una rutina cínica, posteriormente será contínua intranquilidad. El filme roza casionalmente el drama psicológico. El personajes está perturbado. El desencanto de la guerra pesa, su lado romántico ha perecido. Al final, se coloca la soga