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The Valley Resounds (1949)

Răsună valea (1949)

78 min. - Drama - G - 09.01.1950

Synopsis:

In 1948, in a time when the call for voluntary work and intense propaganda concerning the class struggle is in full swing, thousands of young people from all over the country have gathered in the Defile of Jiu to build a railroad. 

Director: Paul Călinescu

Writer: Mircea Ştefănescu

Stars: Marcel Anghelescu, Geo Barton, Radu Beligan


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Marcel Anghelescu Ion
Geo Barton Radu
Radu Beligan Niki Goguleanu
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Produced By

"Bucharest" Film Studio

Production info

Outdoor shootings from March to June 1948 – building site documentary shootings from September to October 1948 – with actors in Valea Jiului, Lainici and Petroşani in the fall of 1949 in Braşov; outdoor shootings in spring 1949 in the studio on Kirov Street (formerly known as Wilson Street). Production costs: 1.680.000 lei.
Regular screen width, b/w, 2120 m.

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Festivals, Awards

  1. 1950 - Karlovy Vary - Honorary Diploma

Storyline

In 1948, in a time when the call for voluntary work and intense propaganda concerning the class struggle is in full swing, thousands of young people from all over the country have gathered in the Defile of Jiu to build a railroad. Their enthusiasm is shown in opposition with the attitude of those who want to sabotage the works: reactionary engineers and their tools, manipulated by the banker Goguleanu from Bucharest. The young brigadier Petre loses his life during a sabotage mission orchestrated by the engineer Poenaru and by the foreman Crețu. The work on the building site is reinforced by the arrival of new workers such as Radu – Petre’s brother who is a miner in Lupeni – and Ion – a peasant coming from the same village as the lead brigadier, Ileana -, thus infirming the alarmist rumors according to which the project is not viable. Two other characters are important in the building site’s scenery, namely the brigadier Sanda, with whom Crețu is hopelessly in love with, but who is won over by Radu, and Niki Goguleanu, the banker’s nephew, a ridiculous character, who has come from Bumbeşti-Livezeni in spite of his family. Creţu’s attempt to blow up the tunnel is shattered by Ion. The fight between the two ends with the death of the saboteur, who falls into a chasm. The successful drilling of the tunnel triggers the general enthusiasm of the young brigadiers. 

Lines

Ion: “I came to the building site because I missed you!” 
Ileana: “What? You didn’t come here to work? That’s a miracle.”

Soundtrack

  • "Răsună valea", march by Marcel Breslaşu, couplet: Ion Vasilescu.

Trivia

  • Paul Călinescu’s first fiction feature – up until then, Călinescu was a documentary director and cinematographer.
  • Due to an accident during a shooting on 23.09.1948 the actors Aurelia Vasilescu and Bob Călinescu were replaced with Eugenia Popovici and Marcel Anghelescu.
Critic’s Opinion
"Reseen today, the films maintains the quality of a document despite all the signs of naïveté and of the times it was shot in." (Călin Căliman, Magazin estival Cinema 1984)
„Diploma de onoare, pe care o decerna în 1950 juriul Festivalului internațional de la Karlovy-Vary regizorului Paul Călinescu pentru Răsună valea, reprezintă primul nostru succes într-o competiție internațională destinată filmelor artistice.” (lulian Georgescu, Cinema nr. 8, august 1974)

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