In 1953, Albanian film director Yutkevich decided to portray the life of his nation’s greatest hero, George Scanderbeg, a true story.
Named after Macedonia’s Alexander the Great, Scanderbeg was taken hostage by the Ottoman Turks as a child. He was to be raised a Muslim and a slave.
For twenty years, he became the most feared warrior, even fighting the Albanians. He secured many victories for the Ottoman Empire as leader of the Janissaries, an elite infantry made up of captured foreigners.