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Across The Forest: Tales from Transylvania

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  • Item Weight: 200 g
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  • ASIN: B00411COB2
  • Date first available at Dec 15 2015
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ce4f2dc) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d802b1c) out of 5 stars Just buy this already Nov. 22 2010
By Jason A. White - Published on
This documentary is pretty awesome. If you have even THE SLIGHTEST interest in Romania or it's folklore I highly recommend this dvd. The interviews are all in depth (and fairly lengthy) and the exterior shots of the Transylvanian countryside are haunting, to say the least. I honestly wish this documentary were 30 or so minutes longer and included more footage of Romania itself. Bottom it. It's great.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d802f24) out of 5 stars Authentic Romania - Fascinating Work! Nov. 30 2010
By Derek L. Ohlms - Published on
All it misses is the smell of Romania! Explore the folklore of these people in this deeply authentic documentary piece. Explore the historical foundations of the Jungian archetypes that Hollywood has made pop culture. Wouldn't be surprised if 1-in-10 viewers ends up visiting Romania at some point! Explore, and Enjoy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1c9198) out of 5 stars Unique Topic, Genuine Filmaking Dec 13 2010
By Laura K. Barron - Published on
You don't have to have an interest in Romania or folklore to really enjoy and appreciate this journey into the past that is still alive today. The personal insight to an ancient belief system foreign to most of us is intriguing and facinating. There is something very special about the style in which these filmakers express this story through their documentary. 5 solid stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d802f9c) out of 5 stars No sensationalism here! Feb. 4 2011
By Samm - Published on
Like a previous reviewer I have also been to Romania, and I must say that this DOES bring one right into the village and into the stories. Especially with the female interviewees, you're drawn in by the softness of their voices juxtaposed with the often spine-chilling tales they are telling. I thought this was a well-edited glimpse into beliefs and aspects of village life in Transylvania that are overlooked by the majority of the world in favor of certain popular fictions.

This documentary is extremely important as a work of salvage anthropology- as the youth turn further away from the past and permanently leave their villages, these stories are going to be lost to the winds of progress. The film is presented as almost a living time capsule; there is no judgment and the filmmakers take no side on the real/not real debate. This is a documentary on folklore, not a promotion of supernatural belief.

The documentary is entirely in the Romanian language, though to my ears it's generally a very colloquial Transylvanian dialect that is difficult to follow. Fortunately, there are accurately translated subtitles for the duration. I was watching this with my grandfather, who is rather hard of hearing. He insisted we crank it up, though his command of ANY other language is zero at best! However, though you may not understand the speakers' words, their tone is unmistakable. Understated, yet "spooky" enough to capture the interest of any fan of folklore, the supernatural, or those curious about Romania.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d0e733c) out of 5 stars Low production values but awesome all the same! May 20 2011
By Darth Vegas - Published on
If you're looking for something glossy and flashy, look elsewhere. If, however, you are looking for a genuine slice of a fading culture and generation, telling stories that will both captivate and 'spook' you, "Across the Forest" is among the best. My wife is from Transylvania, and she began crying after a while -- this is an authentic representation of her culture and a snapshot of a people that may one day vanish. The documentary is made up of various anecdotes and images of the Transylvanian countryside. You will watch and hear various townsfolk tell of their experiences with the supernatural, often with the undead and various evil spirits. I must admit -- I was actually unable to sleep after watching this. Any strange noise suddenly conjured all of these stories of restless dead that must be killed again, and of the people who genuinely believed that Satan can inhabit the dead. Great movie for folklorists, those interested in Romania/Eastern Europe, and people who are looking for a real (and I mean 'real') scare. Wish there were more documentaries like these.

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