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Lucian Pintilie (screenplay)
Ion Luca Caragiale (based on work by)
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Directed by
Lucian Pintilie 
Writing credits
Lucian Pintilie (screenplay)

Ion Luca Caragiale (based on work by) (as I.L. Caragiale)

Produced by
Bujor T. Rîpeanu .... delegate producer
Cinematography by
Florin Mihailescu 
Film Editing by
Eugenia Naghi 
Production Design by
Paul Bortnowski  (as Paul Bortnovschi)
Nicolae Schiopu 
Costume Design by
Doina Levinta 
Makeup Department
Elena Gheorghiu .... assistant makeup artist
Dana Lesu .... assistant makeup artist
Dana Roseanu .... assistant makeup artist
Elena Rucareanu .... makeup artist
Production Management
Titi Popescu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ovidiu Draganescu .... second assistant director
Mariana Petculescu .... assistant director
Rada Prejbeanu .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ioan Mircea .... set construction supervisor
Ioana Paunica .... assistant set decorator
Emanuel Pîrlea .... property master
Daniel Raduta .... assistant set decorator
Marius Sîrbu .... property master
Sound Department
Andrei Papp .... sound engineer
Gabriel Pavelescu .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Alexandru Mocanu .... pyrotechnics
Nicolae Novac .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Ciurea .... still photographer
Alexandru Dumitru .... grip
Mihai Ionita .... gaffer
Ion Manolache .... grip
Mihai Mihailescu .... second assistant camera
Petre Petrescu .... first assistant camera
Ion Udrescu .... dolly grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Coman .... assistant costume designer
Margareta Farcas .... wardrobe mistress
Marie-Jeanne Grigoriu .... assistant costume designer
Mariana Teica .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Elena Fister .... assistant editor
Tudora Ilie .... assistant editor (as Tudorita Ilie)
Emilia Raducanu .... assistant editor
Other crew
Vlad Chirileanu .... production assistant
Viorica Dinca .... production assistant
Gheorghe Georgescu .... production assistant
Maria Gologan .... production assistant
Constantin Harea .... production assistant
Malu Iosif .... choreographer
Alexandru Mateescu .... production assistant
Franciscus Mirco .... animal wrangler
Domnica Radulescu .... production secretary
Mihai Stavila .... production assistant

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A not so well-known East European pearl, 12 March 2001
Author: Mirel Palada from Bucharest, Romania

Although not so well-known as others East European cinemas (Polish or Czech, for instance), the Romanian school managed to produce several high-quality movies. One of them -- some would say the best -- is "Why do they ring the bells, Mitica?".

Inspired by the work of the Romanian play-writer I.L. Caragiale, a bitter-funny witness of the 20th turn-of-the-century Romanian burgeois mores, the movie manages to grasp the cheap, frantic, colourful and slightly hysteric atmosphere of Caragiale's plays.

The movie's director, Lucian Pintilie, is one of the few success stories of the Romanian cinema. He turns the classical, linear plot of the play into a zigzagged scenario, combining it with several other Caragiale's short-stories. The result is a weird combination of crazy carnival scenes and short, alienated insertions reminding of Antognioni's "Red Dessert". A burlesque, fast-paced, snowball-like comedy (because, after all, *it remains* a comedy) with plenty of post-modernist auto-reflexivity and deep meditative undertones.

In fact, these undertones made the Communist regime to ban the movie during the '80s, considering it as having a strong subversive potential. (This was not the first Pintilie's banned movie in Romania: during the '70s, another one, "Reconstituirea", a satyric critique of the totalitarian Communist regime, was added on the black list of forbidden movies).

But, IMHO, the strongest part of this movie is not the director or the fact that it spoke up against a totalitarian regime. Its best moments reside in the tremendous performances of the actors. Rebengiuc, Dinica, Mihut, Diaconu, Vasilescu -- to name just a few -- give their best acting experience in this movie. It is a pity that they are not so well-known outside the Romanian cultural sphere...


Think of this movie as a Romanian "Firemen's Ball" or a Balkanic "Il Vitelloni", but with a finger stuck on the fast-forward button, and you'll have a good approximation of it. :o)

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