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The Axe (1969)

Baltagul (original title)
A breathtaking story in which a woman goes in search of her husband


Mircea Muresan


Mihail Sadoveanu (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarita Lozano ... Vitoria Lipan
Folco Lulli ... oierul Bogza
Sidonia Manolache Sidonia Manolache ... Minodora
Paul Misai Paul Misai ... Gheorghita
Florin Scarlatescu Florin Scarlatescu ... Subprefectul
Anatol Constantin Anatol Constantin ... David
Sandu Sticlaru Sandu Sticlaru ... Parintele Daniil
Livia Baba Livia Baba ... Ana
N.N. Matei N.N. Matei ... oierul Cutui
Dan Nicolae Dan Nicolae ... Toma
Nunuta Hodos Nunuta Hodos ... Baba Maranda
Costache Diamandi Costache Diamandi ... Domnul Vasiliu
Ernest Maftei Ernest Maftei
Petre Gheorghiu-Goe Petre Gheorghiu-Goe
Jean Constantin Jean Constantin


A woman goes in search of her husband, who didn't show up home for several months. Her story is dramatic from the beginning until the end, as she goes through a series of events. Written by cormoranu

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Crime | Drama




Romania | Italy



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27 October 1969 (Romania) See more »

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The Hatchet See more »

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Sadoveanu wrote real great stories. This is the best...
10 January 2006 | by ady_tapuSee all my reviews

"Baltagul" is one of the most breathtaking Romanian stories ever told. I generally like Sadoveanu's novels, but "Baltagul"'s story is by far the best. Vitoria Lipan's "road" through the story can be also considered a road through life. Her attitude and her courage shows that love does not know boundaries. It can be also considered an excellent example for youngsters, but also a mirror for the illegal things that were happening even in the old days. Never be afraid of facing the truth, even if it hurts, because truth shall set you free, that's what Vitoria suggests throughout the movie. The only thing that kept me from giving "Baltagul" 10 was the fact that Gheorghita's character (Vitoria's son) didn't say too much things, although he could in many moments.

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