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Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1972)

Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte (original title)
In order to avoid reprisals from the Wehrmacht for the murder of a soldier, intellectuals from a Romanian village try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save everybody.

Director:

Sergiu Nicolaescu

Writers:

Titus Popovici (novel), Titus Popovici (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Amza Pellea Amza Pellea ... Ipu, nebunul satului
Cristian Sofron Cristian Sofron ... Elev in vacanta
Ion Besoiu Ion Besoiu ... Parintele Ioan
Gheorghe Dinica ... Notar
Ioana Bulca Ioana Bulca ... Margareta
Octavian Cotescu Octavian Cotescu ... Doctorul Bunu
Iurie Darie Iurie Darie ... Ilegalist, fratele elevului
Klára Sebök Klára Sebök ... Clara (as Maria Clara Sebök)
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ... Plutonierul Gociman (as S. Mihailescu Braila)
Eugenia Bosânceanu Eugenia Bosânceanu ... D-na Bunu
Eliza Petrachescu Eliza Petrachescu ... Fumegoiaia
Sergiu Nicolaescu ... colonlul von Eck
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandru Herescu Alexandru Herescu
Ernest Maftei Ernest Maftei ... Marcu
Lazar Vrabie Lazar Vrabie ... Directorul casei de corectie
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Storyline

During World War II, just before the events of August 23rd 1944, a German soldier is found murdered in a Romanian village. The dead soldier's superior threatens the villagers that unless the perpetrator is handed over by the following morning they will all face reprisals. In order to avoid this, the village intellectuals try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save them.

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War | Drama

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

24 January 1972 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Then I Sentenced Them All to Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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Production Co:

Filmstudio Bucuresti See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Most German soldiers appear wearing a black uniform with silver skull and crossbones signs hinting that they are part of the SS, as displayed on the original movie poster. However, that was actually the standard uniform of German army tank crews. See more »

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the top of the list for Sergiu's best films
5 July 2006 | by ekisestSee all my reviews

This is in the top of the list for Sergiu's best films, maybe right under "Mihai Viteazu". A delicate, clever insight on human behavior in times of fear and oppression, written by Titus Popovici, Sergiu's long-time friend and collaborator. Powerhouse cast and crew renders even more beauty to the script. For a change, everything works in this Romanian film. From the first shot, one can feel this is a great film - the kid running in the field, and this feeling persists to the mind-blowing end. Discussions about the army, between Pellea and the kid, the dinner sequence, the funeral rehearsal - they are all unforgettable moments. Definitevly a winner at Cannes Festival 1971, if it had been selected.


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