Mysteries of Bucharest (Misterele Bucurestilor), The
The Mysteries of Bucharest (Misterele Bucurestilor) is a Romanian 1983 adventure movie directed by Doru Nastase and starring Florin Piersic as noble brigand Margelatu "The Yellow Rose". The plot is set in the Principality of Wallachia (modern Romania) before the Revolution of 1848 and directly follows the events of Trandafirul galben. Revolutionaries of the movement "Justice and Brotherhood" try to negotiate with Prince Gheorghe Bibescu and persuade him in reforms. Meanwhile a group of court noblemen plan to kill Prince and put one of the aristocratic conspirators on the throne. In order to hire a murderer, they contact with the mysterious woman known as The Witch, the queen of Bucharest criminals and beggars. Margelatu is involved in this events.
The movie is the third of the six about the adventures of Margelatu.
The following weapons were used in the film The Mysteries of Bucharest (Misterele Bucurestilor):
In all six movies Margelatu (Florin Piersic) carries his signature weapon, an eight-barrel pepperbox. The gun is a custom prop, generally resembling Lefaucheux and Francotte models but with separate barrels, like on Mariette Pepperbox.
For a trivia about the gun see the page for the second film.
When Martac (Ion Dichiseanu) meets with Margelatu (Florin Piersic), he asks his old friend if he is still a perfect shooter and hands his Flintlock Pistol to Margelatu. The pistol is most likely a mockup (or maybe is a broken piecen) as the flintlock lacks frizzen.
Single Barreled Shotgun (visually modified as Percussion Cap Pistol)
Percussion Cap Pistols are seen in hands of Hare Lip (Szabolcs Cseh), The Witch's chief henchman Mincioaga (Costel Constantin), Margelatu's old friend Martac (Ion Dichiseanu), a member of "Justice and Brotherhood" Lt. Delvos (George Motoi), army officers and criminals. Close-ups releal some pistols as visually modified Single Barreled Shotguns with exposed hammer; very possibly all pistols in the movie are such mockups.
Izhmekh IZh-K (visually modified)
Full-stock Single Barreled Shotguns, visually modified by adding a long handguard and additional barrel bands, are used as substitution for muskets in various scenes. They aren't fitted with any kind of fake flintlock or percussion cap lock. The spur of the trigger guard and the groove on the stock, combined with the general shape, allow to make a decent guess that the shotguns are Izhmekh IZh-K (but there is a possibility that this is some other model, maybe of local Romanian production).
Double Barreled Shotgun
In the scene of the hunt several hunters, including Delvos (George Motoi), Rosetti (Ion Marinescu) and Margelatu (Florin Piersic), carry Double Barreled Shotguns. These are top-break models, uncommon for 1840s.
Rifles and Muskets
Mauser Gewehr 1871 (visually modified)
Most flintlock muskets, seen in the movie, turn out to be visually modified bolt action Mauser Gewehr 1871 rifles, with removed bolt handles and fitted with mockup flintlocks. During the uprising they are used by soldiers and rebels.
Percussion Cap Musket
Some rebels are armed with percussion cap muskets. They are seen too unclear for the identification. These guns may be genuine or visually modified bolt action rifles.
Some flintlock muskets in hands of rebels seem to be genuine rather than visually modified rifles.
Muzzleloading cannons are used by government troops against the rebels.