If we go back in time, we notice that a part of the Romanian cinema's history partly belongs to the region of commune Sanpetru.
Three Romanian films, among which a Romanian-French one, were shot years ago on this small territory of Tara Barsei. Sanpetru is one of the few localities in the country which owns, on the shelves of the Commune's Library, valuable books of some famous Romanian writers which inspired films with the same name. The people from Sanpetru are glad to remember how they assisted in these films as figurants.
"Moara cu Noroc" ? the Lucky Mill
The first film shot in commune Sanpetru was in 1955 ? "Moara cu Noroc", by Ion Slavici, directed by Victor Iuliu. Main roles were featured by artists: Ioana Bulca, Constantin Codrescu, Colea Rautu, Gheorghe Ghitulesc and others. The film provides genuine images of the Romanian village, observed during its ritual moments, among which we mention the Easter customs. The action of the novel happens during the second half of the 19th century, focusing on the fight of the main character with himself and with people around him. These spectacular moments, next to important artists, shall never be forgotten and shall remain as living history for future generations.
"Mirii anului II" - Bride and Groom of year II
Another film, a Romanian-French one, "Mirii anului II", directed by Jean Paul Rappeneau was shot in 1971 in Sânpetru. The film is a comedy full of adventures inspired by the French Revolution. In the main roles featured: Jean-Paul Belmondo (Nicolas Philibert), Marlene Jobert (Charlotte), Laura Antonelli (Pauline) and others. In the film, at the end of the 18th century, after killing an aristocrat, Nicolas Philibert has to emigrate in America. He intends to marry a rich inheritor, but he used to be married and has to return to France to get a divorce. The trip becomes an adventure.
Several people from Sanpetru also participated in this film as figurants, among which we mention: Munteanu Silviu, Voicu Szeman Elfriede, Hirscher Andreas and others.
"The last film shot here was in 1977 and it was called "Aurel Vlaicu", a biographic film dedicated to the pioneer of world aviation, Aurel Vlaicu, where his life is presented in the form of a novel. The film was directed by Mircea Dragan, after a script written by Eugenia Busuioceanu. In the main roles featured Gabriel Oseciuc (Aurel Vlaicu) and Maria Voluntaru (Ana Vlaicu), next to famous artists considered to be the "golden generation of the Romanian theatre and film", among which we mention: Radu Beligan, Violeta Andrei, Dina Cocea, Octavian Cotescu and others. These are testimonies which put commune Sanpetru first in the Romanian culture," said Mr. Ion Rusu, the Mayor of commune Sanpetru.