La Ballade De Mamlouk (1982)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Rural Drama  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Czechoslovakia, Tunisia  |  
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Mamluk (Yorgo Voyagis) is an unassuming, handsome young peasant who happens to have come along just in time to save the king from a fatal trap, and as a reward, the king offers him the amount of land he can mark off by walking around in one day -- but he must return to the starting point before sunset. At first, the humble peasant is quite happy thinking about a small plot of fertile land just outside the city walls, but that ideal does not stand up under the crafty pressures of the king's vizier, who convinces Mamluk to try for much more. When he starts his journey, he is set upon by a series of dispossessed men who beg him to add in the land they now work. The trouble is, that land keeps extending beyond the next horizon with each new request. In the meantime, Mamluk also wants to find the woman he once loved, who was sold into slavery by a derelict farmer. It is obvious the king did not gain his power by being dull-witted, and as his black-robed guards follow Mamluk literally staking out his claim, their sinister figures seem to portend that the task assigned by the king will never be successfully completed.

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greed, king, land, love, peasant, rescue, reward, romance, slavery