“Classical Romanian films on BluRay”: ”The Haidouks” and ”The Kidnapping of the Maidens”
by Dana Medar
The two films directed by Dinu Cocea, in 1965 and 1967 are the first ones of a series with outlaws stories, which were very popular back in their time, but also now when they are being broadcasted on TV. The scripts written by Eugen Barbu and Mihai Opriș follow the legends of well-known heroes, but they also create dramatical or funny moments that do justice to the actors. Made with big budgets and impressive casts, these films deserve their place in the Romanian cinematheque.
The project „Classical Romanian films on BluRay”, managed by Andrei Enescu intends to bring back the Haidouks series and not only. The films are remastered and brought to the quality of being put on a high definition support, which means money and time, with the help of the Romanian National Film Center. The first two films are out now on DVD and BluRay, together with interviews with Dinu Cocea and Ion Besoiu, and other footages about the making of the films in the `60s.
The launch took place at the Romanian Peasant Cinema hall and one of the guests was the actor Ion Besoiu, who played the outlaw Amza in the 1965 film. Especially for this film the actor learned how to ride a horse. The Outlwas was shot on black and white film by George Voicu, with many extras and stunts.