"Hill 789: The Last Stronghold" / "Cota 789: Ultima Reduta"
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Because World War One is now a distant memory, it is the job of writers, artists, and filmmakers to bring back events of those times that changed the fates of nations. The battle on "Hill 789" is one of these events.
Presented as one man’s story, the documentary follows the Eastern Front experiences of Dimitri D. Dimancescu as he volunteers to defend his homeland. The story takes place between August 1916 and December 1918.
Kogainon Films has taken great effort in the depth of research and artistic interpretation of this documentary. Central to this film is an understanding of the Romanian spirit which drove 350,000 young men to give their lives and 150,000 more to have been wounded or lost in combat.
Dimitri's brother: Ioan Dimancescu - Info
The Dec 2008 National Geographic (Romania) featured the WW-I memoirs of Dimitri Dimancescu authored by Dan D.
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PRODUCTION TEAM: Photo
Producer: Dan Dimancescu (Kogainon/BEH)
Director: Nicholas Dimancescu (Kogainon see)
Editor & Motion Design: Kyle Brandse (Boston) see
Graphics: George Pratt (Sarasota, Florida interview)
Videography: Sorin Iliesiu (Video Dialog see)
Music: Sherban Lupu (Champaign, Illinois see)
Music: Marin Cazacu (Bucharest see)
Mix Engineer: Nathan Bice (Boston, Mass.)
Sound Design: Tanner Ross (Boston, Mass.)
Sound Effects: Steven C. Patton, (Boston, Mass. see)
Editing Support: Ana Iliesiu (Video Dialog see)
Script Editing: Ronald Otero (Boston, Mass. see)
Narrator: Michael Ciulla (Essex, Ct. see)
Research: Alex Arma (Bucharest see)
Translation: Doina and Alex Carlsson (Constanta)
Recording: Tried & True Recording (Boston, Mass)
Recording: Quiet Sun Studios (London, UK)
Recording: MDV Film Studios (Bucharest)
Legal Counsel: Ramulescu Law Offices (Bucharest)
Cristian Lascu (Editor, NG-Romania, Bucharest)
Ernest Latham (Historian, Washington, DC
Domnica Macri (NG-Romania, Bucharest)
WITH THANKS TO: click here
DIARY: PRODUCTION EVENTS
THE "LAST STRONGHOLD" (explained)
SELECTED PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS
HILL 789: PANORAMIC VIEWS
GEORGE PRATT'S ARTWORK
ROMANIA IN WW-I
FRENCH SUPPORT OF ROMANIA
MAP OF PRE AND POST WW-I ROMANIA
WAR COMICS & ILLUSTRATORS
THE 'INDUSTRIAL' ART OF WAR
TECHNICAL (equipment, software)
War in Romania Series:
One man's story of Romania in WW-I
Dimitri Dimancescu went to war in Aug 1916, followed later by his brother, Ion. The film covers his dramatic experiences on the Romanian Front and encounters with British Col. Norton Griffiths sent to sabotage Romanian oil wells and fierce battles against Lt. Erwin Rommel on Hill 789.
TVR1 featured Hill 789 on Dec. 1/09 - 1 1/2 hr