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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:
9 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Irony is hidden in the title 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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Irony is hidden in the title, 20 March 2013
Author: Metin Cavus from Istanbul, Turkey

Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu (2010) is a feature-length documentary derived only from archive footage, from images mostly taken by official camera crew of Ceausescu. It covers the years of Ceausescu reign, between 1965 and 1989. From the footage and camera angles we can easily understand that in most of the occasions more than one camera were used for documenting, and that cameramen were given a broad freedom, even shooting the most intimate moments of the Ceausescu couple.

The role of the director here is mainly to edit the images which are mostly arranged in chronological order, but this is where the brilliance of Andrei Ujica starts to shine! He implements wonderful editing skills, often using montage technique to enrich the narrative. Moreover, in most cases shot/reverse shot is brilliantly used as if this is a well-designed fiction.

For me, this phenomenal documentary, among other things, presents two main issues to remember. First, it shows how the life and people of Romania were seen by a president. How a president lives and how he perceives his country visually. This is because the lens of the camera in most cases can be metaphorically leveled with the eye of Ceausescu. That is why the title of the film is so ironic! We all know that the conditions in Romania were not the same with the images documented by Ceausescu cameramen. And second, it sadly presents how this big communist utopia, this all-happy-people real communism slowly vanishes. It is sad because initial happiness of people really looks like was coming from the heart.

In conclusion, this is a must see documentary, a real cinema pleasure, which bears a potential of numerous discussions, not only about Romania or the so-called communist bloc, but also about the nature of governing and making history.

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