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Serenade for the 12th Floor (1976)

Serenada pentru etajul XII (original title)
Light comedy about various Bucharest house dwelling families trading their houses for apartments in a brand new apartment building complex in a new subdivision of a large Bucharest neighborhood.

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Toma Caragiu ...
Retired Worker Firu
Ileana Stana Ionescu ...
Maria, Firu's Wife
Octavian Cotescu ...
University Professor Balaurul
Olga Bucataru ...
Silvia, Wife of Balaurul
Mihai Mereuta ...
Retired Worker Sasu
Jana Gorea ...
Sasu's Wife
Draga Olteanu Matei ...
Out-of-towner Frosinica
Coca Andronescu ...
Amelia
Teofil Vâlcu ...
Frosinica's Husband
Boris Ciornei
Adina Popescu ...
Mihaela
Florian Pittis ...
Motorcycle Rider Radu
Ana Ciclovan
Nina Zainescu ...
Sanda
Constantin Cojocaru ...
The Student
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Light comedy about various Bucharest house dwelling families trading their houses for apartments in a brand new apartment building complex in a new subdivision of a large Bucharest neighborhood.Some of the families are very happy to exchange their houses for new apartments while other families are sad to see their old homes being bulldozed to make room for new apartment buildings.Even though the government provides these former house owners with brand new free apartments as compensation for their lost homes some of them feel sad to trade a house for an apartment.For some it would be hard to adapt to a new life-style in a large high-rise apartment building.Living is a bit more cramped than in a house,one has more neighbors,there is a certain loss of privacy and comfort and there certainly is more noise at all hours of the night as some of the new tenants discover. Written by nufs68

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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27 December 1976 (Romania)  »

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Serenade for the 12th Floor  »

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ROL 2,890,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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This film produced in Romania in 1976 feature many new apartment building high-rises being either finished or still under construction.Ironically,the very next year in 1977,a powerful 7,2 Richter-scale earthquake shattered Romania and damaged many apartment buildings in Bucharest.Over 33 high-rise buildings totally collapsed.Sadly,one of the actors appearing in this film,Toma Caragiu,died as a result of this earthquake. See more »

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In a country where apartment buildings have between 4 and 8 floors...
6 March 2015 | by (France) – See all my reviews

In a country where apartment buildings have between 4 and 8 floors for a lack of qualified civil engineers, here you have the 12th.

This is a romanticized vision of the change. Because many refused to live their unsanitary petty dwellings, the communists have went this far to make it interesting. After all, living in the high rise ghetto mean cleaner homes with more light. For some that was the first chance to have running water and indoor toilets. That also meant learning to live in a community and learning how to use to communal facilities. Some 40 years later people still find that hard to do.

Because of the ambivalence of the production team this film does not touch any of the issues not found on the TO DO list. No reference to the conditions before the high rise. Yet you get Toma Caragiu preaching for the communist ownership from the first scene. A few very light references to the community that would form in the high rise. And also the funny scenes ripped off some foreign movie. After all, nobody but cops and military can handle guns. And they don't take it home. Yet Cotescu's character has a hunting gun and he is not afraid to threat the neighbors. But it is all in good spirit and nobody is calling the police.

Overall a waste of time that brought a good wage to few while in production.


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