Cliffs of Freedom (2019) 1080p

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Frame Rate:
25 fps
English 5.1  
Run Time:
137 min
IMDB Rating:
6.3 / 10 
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Directors: Van Ling [Director] ,

Movie Description:
In 1821, during the first year of the Greek War for Independence and the rebellion against the Ottoman Empire, the twenty-year-old Greek woman, Anna-Christina, falls for the conflicted Turkish officer, Colonel Tariq, who is having second thoughts about his compatriots' brutal approach to governing. However, Tariq and Anna's fledgeling romance is bound to bring suffering not only to her family but also her community. As a result, bent on retaliating, Christina summons up the courage to take part in the Revolution, and, unintentionally, she becomes a local symbol of the ever-growing Greek resistance movement, inspiring her fellow brothers and sisters-in-arms to take action. But, sooner or later, Christina will have to face her long-buried feelings for the man who still cares for her; a pivotal moment that will lead to tragic results. —Nick Riganas


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History seen through the rose-tinted spectacles of a romantic novelist

The cinema in Anglophone countries has generally ignored the Greek War of Independence, even though British forces played an important part in that war, so when I saw "Cliffs of Freedom" advertised in the TV schedules I assumed that it would be in Greek. To my surprise it turned out to be in English. It is the story of Anna Christina, a beautiful young woman who joins the Greek fight for independence after her family are murdered by the country's Turkish occupiers. After she plays an important part in a Greek victory over the Turks, she becomes a symbol of the freedom movement.

Set against the background of the Greek uprising is the story of a growing romance between Christina and Colonel Tariq, an officer in the Turkish army. Yes, I know that that seems unlikely, given the fate of her family, but Marianne Metropoulos, the author of the novel on which the film is based, presumably couldn't resist making it a Romeo-and-Juliet story. Tariq therefore has to become a closet liberal, secretly sympathetic to the Greek nationalist cause and horrified by the brutality of his fellow-countrymen, especially his former friend Captain Sunal, the man responsible for the massacre of Christina's family. His liberalism may owe something to the fact that he was educated by Thanasi, a wise old Greek philosopher. Sunal is himself half-Greek, but the circumstances of his birth- he was born after his Turkish mother was raped by a Greek- explain his fanatical Turkish patriotism and his bitter hatred of the Greeks.

Tania Raymonde makes an attractive heroine, and there are good contributions from Christopher Plummer as Thanasi, Billy Zane as the corrupt official Christos who collaborates with the Turks and Raza Jaffrey as Sunal. Plummer was an actor who never seemed to retire; he was nearly ninety when he made this film, yet still managed to make three more feature films before he died earlier this year.

Unfortunately, it was the Christina/Tariq romance which made it difficult for me to take the story seriously. I found Jan Uddin's Tariq much less sympathetic than the film-makers intended me to, and couldn't understand why, if he was so pro-Greek, he did not resign his commission, or at least apply for a transfer to some other part of the sprawling Ottoman Empire. A commander who nominally fights for a cause which, in his heart, he hopes to see defeated betrays not only his country but also the men he commands, who trust him to lead them to victory. And yet for all his half-heartedness about the Turkish cause, Tariq is also unable to do much to assist the Greek one; although Sunal is under his command he is unable to prevent, or even to punish, the slaughter of Christina's family.

The action scenes were unconvincing, due presumably to a small budget. The impression was given that the Battle of Valtetsi, the first major Greek victory of the war, was a minor skirmish; in fact it was a pitched battle with several thousand men on either side. Another thing I found difficult to accept was the film's ending which (without giving away too much of the story) seemed more like some patriotic fantasy than like something which could actually have happened in real life. This is history as seen through the rose-tinted spectacles of a romantic novelist. 5/10.

Good enough

Movie shows a glimpse of what really happened for 400years of Ottoman occupation over Greeks. Though as people mentioned this is not a documentary. It's a love story taking place over that era (pure fiction that is).

It is a nice movie to watch with heavy dose of historical truth that may have an impact on Greek sentiment and to those who keep liberty protected all over the globe. Watch it by thinking of this. It is not a documentary.

History or Her-story

The Greek History is rich in stories and we do get to see a piece of resistance, but while it is quite one sided mostly, there is also a light side shown on the enemies face. Not to mention that there are some very bad hombres ... wait I mean bad people who fight or rather betray their own folk (the Greeks that is).

Cliches are there and the story is predictable, but the pathos can be quite animating and can get one riled up too. It's not as insane as "This is madness"/"This is Sparta", but that was more of an action movie overall. So while I can not vouch for historical accuracy on many things, it is not how I watched this anyway. While very dear to the hearts of Greeks in general, this also can be seen and enjoyed as piece of resistance and human revolt against dictatorship and "evil"
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