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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:
10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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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 (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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The spectacular reality of Nicolae Ceausescu, 4 February 2016
Author: tributarystu from Timisoara, Romania

Having been born at the end of the 80s, my recollection of communist Romania is negligible. So for me, this wealth of archival footage represents less an excursion into dreary eyed nostalgia, but rather a fascinating, vicarious experience. It is unfathomable to think that this is a part of our human heritage, and the film leaves the impression of being a document of society, culture and politics that's out of this world.

This other-worldliness is achieved through the exclusive use of archival footage, to the detriment of any present-day commentary. The biographical tale of Ceausescu leads us through several decades of communist Romania, and is bound by the trial and execution of the former dictator. Surprisingly, although my knowledge of recent Romanian history is fairly limited, there was little actual information in the the events and moments portrayed which I was unfamiliar with. I'm not sure that's a good thing, for such a long runtime - all it says, to me, is that you should probably not watch this documentary if your aim is solely to gain a straightforward understanding of history.

What it does do very well, is synthesize the essence of what the public frame of mind was at the time. It ebbs and flows beautifully, from the fascination of the Western world with Ceausescu after his stance on the invasion of Prague, to his ultimate isolation within the communist block. In this, as well as in much of the propagandistic materials made for public consumption, there is a strong sense of falsehood meshed together with a (willing) naivety of the everyday folk. The film is at its best when it manages to effectively contain these paradoxes of truth, the double-standards of pre-89 communist dogma, and the absurdity of turning a mildly charismatic, semi-literate individual into an egomaniac with absolute power.

In between all these moments, you've got Ceausescu delving into sheer silliness - with the cherry on top being his speech on how Romania will only return to capitalism when "pigs fly", then joking on the advances of genetics only to realize this is not quite the right thing to say and reinforcing the initial statement with raised pitch and ample gesticulation. There are many scenes like this, of various sizes, that shape Ceausescu as a character and the warped world-view provided by public television. At three hours, one could argue the documentary is overlong, as certain elements become repetitive. One can also argue that in their repetitiveness, these elements bear different meanings, according to the wider context of their occurrence, sort of a seasonal aspect of the biographical story.

Whichever way you look at it, there is so much to see and experience in Andrei Ujica's film, that you are guaranteed to not be left indifferent by it.

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