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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:
8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
unbelievably dull and uninformative! See more (4 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Nicolae Ceausescu ... 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)
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (archive footage)
Cornel Bulica ... Himself (archive footage)
Ilie Bulucea ... Himself (archive footage)
Cornel Burtica ... Himself (archive footage)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Rosalynn Carter ... Herself (archive footage)
Virgil Cazacu ... Himself (archive footage)
Ion Ceausescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Nicu Ceausescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Valentin Ceausescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Zoia Ceausescu ... Herself (archive footage) (as Zoe Ceausescu)
Sergiu Celac ... Himself (archive footage)
Lina Ciobanu ... Herself (archive footage)
Ion Coman ... Himself (archive footage)
Silviu Curticeanu ... Himself (archive footage)
Constantin Dascalescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles de Gaulle ... Himself (archive footage)
Yvonne de Gaulle ... Herself (archive footage)
Ion Dinca ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexandru Draghici ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexander Dubcek ... Himself (archive footage)
Ianos Fazekas ... Himself (archive footage)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Suzana Gabea ... Herself (archive footage)
Alexandrina Gainuse ... Herself (archive footage)
Iosef Gere ... Himself (archive footage)
Lica Gheorghiu ... Herself (archive footage)
Mihai Ghere ... Himself (archive footage)
Edward Gierek ... Himself (archive footage)
Wladyslaw Gomulka ... Himself (archive footage)

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself (archive footage)
Andrei Gromyko ... Himself (archive footage)
Erich Honecker ... Himself (archive footage)
Gustav Husák ... Himself (archive footage)
Kim Il-Sung ... Himself (archive footage) (as Kim Ir-Sen)
Ion Iliescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Ion Ionita ... Himself (archive footage)
Wojciech Jaruzelski ... Himself (archive footage)
János Kádár ... Himself (archive footage)
Constantin Manea ... Himself (archive footage)
Corneliu Manescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Manea Manescu ... Herself (archive footage)
Maria Manescu ... Herself (archive footage)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Imelda Marcos ... Herself (archive footage)
Justinian Marina ... Himself - Patriarch (archive footage)
Ion Gheorghe Maurer ... Himself (archive footage)
Angelo Miculescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Ion Milea ... Himself (archive footage)
Constantin Mitea ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Niculescu Mizil ... Himself (archive footage)
Iustin Moisescu ... Himself - Patriarch (archive footage)
Leon Nas ... Himself (archive footage)
Marin Neagoe ... Himself (archive footage)
Constantin Nicolae ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Nixon ... Herself (archive footage) (as Patricia Nixon)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Rezso Nyeres ... Himself (archive footage)
Constantin Olteanu ... Himself (archive footage)
Gheorghe Oprea ... Himself (archive footage)
Gheorghe Pana ... Himself (archive footage)
Constantin Parvulescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Ion Patan ... Himself (archive footage)
Vasile Patilinet ... Himself (archive footage)
Anca Petrescu ... Herself (archive footage)
Barbu Petrescu ... Gimself (archive footage)
Nicolae Plesita ... Himself (archive footage)
Dumitru Popa ... Himself (archive footage)
Dumitru Popescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Radu Popescu ... Himself (archive footage)

Prince Charles ... Himself (archive footage) (as Chales Prince of Wales)

Prince Philip ... Himself (archive footage)
Ion Popescu Puturi ... Himself (archive footage)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage)
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself (archive footage)
Constantin Radu ... Himself (archive footage)
Gheorghe Radulescu ... Himself (archive footage) (as Gogu Radulescu)
Ilie Radulescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Leonte Rautu ... Himself (archive footage)
Leontin Salajan ... Himself (archive footage)
George Schultz ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexandru Sencovici ... Himself (archive footage)
Eduard Shevardnadze ... Himself (archive footage)
Cristofor Simionescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Aneta Spornic ... Herself (archive footage)
Zaharia Stancu ... Herself (archive footage)
Ion Stanescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Ion Traian Stefanescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Ion Stoian ... Himself (archive footage)
Chivu Stoica ... Himself (archive footage)
Ioan Totu ... Himself (archive footage)
Virgil Trofin ... Himself (archive footage)
Iosif Uglas ... Himself (archive footage)
Ilie Verdet ... Himself (archive footage)
Stefan Voitec ... Himself (archive footage)
Todor Zhivkov ... Himself (archive footage)
Enlai Zhou ... Himself (archive footage) (as Ciu en Lai)
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej ... Himself - Dead (archive footage) (uncredited)

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)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vivi Dragan Vasile .... visual consultant
 
Editorial Department
Bogdan Alexandru .... digital intermediate operator
Andreea Catalina Dumitrescu .... post-production coordinator
Roberta Raduca .... colorist
 
Music Department
Doru Ionescu .... music consultant
Florin Silviu Ursulescu .... music consultant
Octavian Ursulescu .... music consultant
 
Thanks
Anca Alifantis .... the producers wish to thank
Nicu Alifantis .... the producers wish to thank
Gabi Antal .... the producers wish to thank
Ronald Chammah .... special thanks
Hervé Chandès .... special thanks
Tudor Giurgiu .... the producers wish to thank
Mariana Gurau .... the producers wish to thank
Anca Mitran .... the producers wish to thank
Peter Sloterdijk .... special thanks
Vivi Dragan Vasile .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Also Known As:
"Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu" - Romania (original title)
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180 min
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4 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
unbelievably dull and uninformative!, 15 July 2013
Author: deschreiber from Canada

This film may have some interest for people who lived in Rumania through the Ceausescu era, as it shows many of the films and television footage they will have seen over the years. But for anyone else, it is a terrible, terrible film which adds nothing at all to one's understanding. And it is overwhelmingly, excruciatingly dull. The most you can say for it is that it familiarizes you, far more than you ever want, with the face of that ridiculous man.

It opens with the footage most people around the world have seen of the dictator and his wife sitting at what appear to be little schoolroom desks. They are being confronted with charges, as if in some sort of court, and being asked to enter a plea. He steadfastly refuses. All we hear of his crimes is someone off camera accuses him of ordering the shooting of people in a crowd and of bringing the country to the brink of ruin. The scene lasts only a few minutes, then switches to the funeral of his predecessor, the first of many official events and ceremonies. Footage of long lines of people outside the building, shuffling into the building, moving up the stairs, down the corridor, into the room where the body lies, footage of ordinary people viewing the body, footage of this dignitary and that dignitary viewing the body, footage of people leaving the building, footage of the body being carried out and placed on a stage, footage of Ceausescu giving a funeral speech, all this goes on for what seems like forever, conveying next to nothing to the viewer. For nearly three hours we are shown extended--painfully extended--official footage of state events, parades, speeches, dinners, visits by leaders from other countries, Ceausescu visiting other countries. There is really nothing else in the film other than these long, almost meaningless pieces.

The nearest thing to drama comes in a scene in the last half-hour or so at a national party congress. A party official takes the podium and accuses Ceausescu of manipulating the event to have himself re-elected. Someone in the audience shouts it's a lie, and immediately the entire room rises, shouts, and chants, calling for Ceausescu to be re-elected. That is the extent of understanding we are given of the dictatorship. Why on earth was he so reviled that the people rose up against him? Was the country struggling? Were people hungry? Was there injustice and corruption? We have no idea. Was the regime repressive? Not a word is given. At one point we see Ceausescu touring a couple of well stocked food stores. My guess is that a Romanian might watch that and scream that it was all a set-up and that the real stores were empty and the people were starving. But nothing like that is told. Why are we watching him tour the stores? No explanation, just more dreary official footage.

It boggles the mind how anyone could put together such a pointless film as this. It adds nothing to one's understanding of the man, the nation, or the times he presided over. It's simply official archival material strung together chronologically. And, just to be clear, this is a million miles from high-art Leni Riefenstahl material. As a complete outsider, who only knows of the revolution against Ceausescu from news reports at the time, I could have done a better job of shedding light on the life and times of Ceausescu. I don't think I've ever seen a documentary as bad as this before.

For this to get a rating of 7.9 is absurd. Surely the people involved in the film have been here to rate it highly. I give it 1 for Awful because there is no lower rating.

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