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Director:
Writers:
Andrei Ujica
Razvan Radulescu (script consultant)
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Release Date:
9 September 2011 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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interesting idea See more (4 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Nicolae Ceausescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Elena Ceausescu ... Herself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (archive footage)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles de Gaulle ... Himself (archive footage)
Edward Gierek ... Himself (archive footage)
Wladyslaw Gomulka ... Himself (archive footage)

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself (archive footage)
Erich Honecker ... Himself (archive footage)
Kim Ir-Sen ... Himself (archive footage)
Wojciech Jaruzelski ... Himself (archive footage)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)

Prince Philip ... Himself (archive footage)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage)
Todor Zhivkov ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Andrei Ujica 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Razvan Radulescu  script consultant
Andrei Ujica 

Produced by
Velvet Moraru .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Dana Bunescu 
 
Sound Department
Dana Bunescu .... sound designer
Cristinel Sirli .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christinel Sirli)
 
Editorial Department
Bogdan Alexandru .... digital intermediate operator
Andreea Catalina Dumitrescu .... post-production coordinator
Roberta Raduca .... colorist
 

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Also Known As:
"Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu" - Romania (original title)
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180 min
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
interesting idea, 24 October 2012
Author: sergnechaev from Romania

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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