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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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9 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Grossly overrated, 9 November 2008
Author: Mihnea the Pitbull from Romania

The basic value of this movie is rather conjectural than intrinsic. It acquired a mythical subversive quality, simply because the communist censorship of Romania brutally and unfairly banned it (going to such lenghts as even locking all the copies into a safe, where they stayed until the 1989 Revolution). In truth, the movie had nothing subversive, being only too brutal, misanthropic, naturalist and frivolous for the communists' taste. Pintilie's main (and childish!) mistake was to bring to open an essential dimension of Caragiale's satire that consisted in SUBTLETY. The great playwright's pieces seem to depict a vaudeville-like reality, in an innocuous and harmless comedy style - being based, in truth, on a very profound critical vision to the most essential vices and fallacies of human nature. Tempted by a shallow ambition to shock the sanctimonious communist censors, Pintilie raised this implicit element to a violently explicit level. Well, what he sought, he got! At a professional level, the movie is extremely in-equal, combining a really valuable stage heritage (powerful characters, exquisite performances, atrocious humor), with a totally amateurish movie-directing. Without any legitimate reason, it compiles onto the main play's storyline several other alien subjects from various short stories, thus becoming chaotic, messy and over-the-top. The mise-en-scene is usually skillfully conducted (Pintilie being a good theater director), but compromised by too many awkwardly framed and timed shots. Towards the end, everything becomes redundant, over-lenghtened and boring... And the final shot is a complete failure: without any aesthetic justification, Pintilie takes an auctorial distance, including in the picture his own camera-crew (only as a cheap and tacky trick), and himself, with the parting-shot: "Let them die stupid!" Such an attitude towards his own characters, by turning the critical distance into petty wickedness, is intolerably unprofessional.

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