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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)

Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu (original title)
The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives.

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Himself (archive footage)
Elena Ceausescu ...
Herself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefan Andrei ...
Himself (archive footage)
Gheorghe Apostol ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ana Aslan ...
Herself (archive footage)
Ion Avram ...
Himself (archive footage)
Iosif Banc ...
Himself (archive footage)
Eugen Barbu ...
Himself (archive footage)
Elena Barbulescu ...
Himself (archive footage)
Lica Barbulescu ...
Herself (archive footage)
Alexandru Barladeanu ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ion Birlea ...
Himself (archive footage)
Emil Bobu ...
Himself (archive footage)
Emil Bodnaras ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
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During the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to, Nicolae Ceausescu is reviewing his long reign in power: 1965-1989. From a formal point of view, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu proves that it is possible to only use existing images to yield films focused on recent history, yet with an epic vein similar to that of the historical fiction cinema. This is an eminently syntactic endeavor, where montage plays a twofold part: mise-en-scene, as it builds scenes that do not exist as such in the rushes, and classical editing, connecting scenes together. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Opening Weekend:

$4,644 (USA) (9 September 2011)

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$31,396 (USA) (2 March 2012)
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interesting idea
24 October 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Andrei Ujica's film is an interesting mish-mash of documentary and archive material. Arranged progressively according to the timeline, we are treated to a very long and protracted story of Ceauseascu's life and role in the history of Romania. The film is done according to the very nice-sounding, but eventually problematic motto of "letting the archives and the evidence speak for itself". This proposition can achieve some moniker of success only among those, such as myself, who come from Romania, and know its history well, having studied it at the university level. But to foreigners or even young Romanians, lacking the context and the historical background, the film fails in documenting anything. An external viewer will not know who most of the people in the film are, what the background is for Ceausescu's reactions (such as his speech in 1968 in support of Czechoslovakia) as so forth. The film is also very long, almost three hours, and I admit that even I, who have a professional interest in the documentary material, had to give up half way through and resume later. Making an analogy, the film represents the difference between archive material and a book of history. The material, outside of its chronological arrangement, is raw, lacking subtitles, names etc. in many cases; a documentary based on the material painstakingly gathered by the director would have been much more interesting for the wider public. Still, the film is worth watching for a specialized audience, and shows never before seen material on a very important epoch and person in Romania's history.


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