Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians

Artista, aurul si ardelenii – Romanian title
Artista, dolarii si ardelenii – Romanian title
Johnny schießt quer – German title
Gesucht wird Johnny – German title
The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians – English title

A 1978 Romanian production [Filmstudio Bucuresti (Bucharest)]
Producer: Nicolae Mitcan
Director: Mircea Veroiu
Screenplay: Titus Popovici
Cinematography: Calin Ghibu [color]
Music: Adrian Enescu
Running time: 97 minutes

Traian Brad - Ilarion Ciobanu
Romulus Brad - Mircea Daiconu
Johnny Brad - Ovidiu Iulio Moldovan
Anabelle Lee - Rosica Tapalaga
sharpshooter - Marcel Lures
with: Mircea Albulescu, Tania Filip, Francisc Bács (Ferenc Bács), Alöd Kiss, Traian Costea, Ahmed Gabbany, Ion Craciunescu, Constantin Brînzea, Radu Stoeneuscu, Mihai Oroveanu, Ioan Henter, Iosif Naghiu, Sorin Balaban, Mihai Persa, Dan Nasta, Ion Pascu, Dan Bubulici, Petrur Traian, Ion Niciu

Story: Although filmed in Bucharest this film has nothing to do with vampires. It is the second of a trilogy of Romanian westerns starring the same actors and characters. The other two are “The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians” (1977) and “The Oil, the Baby and the Transylvanians” (1979). The films revolve around a Transylvanian family of three brothers trying to make a better life for themselves in the Wild West. Although often referred to as comedies they are full of drama and feature Romanian traditions which may be difficult for the rest of us to understand. One of the brothers becomes a noted gunman while the other two become farmers. They meet up with each other over the course of the trilogy and whenever they do trouble always catches up with them and they must band together to keep the family unit safe.

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