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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 »
User Reviews:
A Few Captions and I Would Have Given This Film Two More Stars See more (8 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 (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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A Few Captions and I Would Have Given This Film Two More Stars, 12 June 2016
Author: Richard Chatten from Crystal Palace

Interesting as it is to be able to observe one of the Cold War's craziest dictators at such close quarters for three hours, it's perverse of 'The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu' that it should derive its fascination from the unfamiliarity of the material, but then insist on compromising the impact provided by that very unfamiliarity by deeming itself too cool to bother with fuddy-duddy conventions like commentary and captions to give the audience a much-needed sense of context at critical moments: of which it serves up many. Two sequences that particularly stand out are a breathtaking North Korean pageant in exquisite colour, staged on Ceaușescu's behalf by a beaming Kim Il-sung some time presumably in the seventies; and the 84 year-old communist party veteran Constantin Pîrvulescu taking the podium at the 12th Party Congress in November 1979 and launching into a remarkable attack on Ceaușescu calling for his resignation. (The film left me extremely curious as to what happened to Pîrvulescu next, but it was to Wikipedia that I had to turn to find most of the information I've just given you, and that Pîrvulescu, rather than being immediately killed was simply placed under house arrest, survived the Ceaușescu years and lived to be 96; news that ironically revealed the Ceaușescu regime in a better light than I had anticipated).

There has always struck me as a certain aloof arrogance about documentaries that entirely dispense with commentary. (Just as 'Shoah's refusal to include ANY historical footage - so that we don't even get a photograph of the young Jan Karski during his lengthy interrogation by Claude Lanzmann - actually blunted the impact of the material that Lanzmann piously affected to be giving us unadorned). Andrei Ujică's film ironically adheres as stubbornly to its own particular dogma of self-consciously 'audacious' minimalism as Ceaușescu himself did to his own dogmas in the political and economic spheres. Would it really have hurt for Mr Ujică just occasionally to provide the viewer who has invested three hours of their valuable time in watching his film to have provided the occasional caption dating and contextualising the often lengthy and repetitious film clips that he serves up? Mr Ujică would presumably argue that he's just letting the material speak for itself; but simply by selecting three hours of material out of the thousand hours he viewed he's already decided what we're going to get, and even with the limited guidance he provides I could tell that he wasn't always presenting the material in simple chronological order. (Colour footage of Ceaușescu's 60th birthday celebrations in 1978, for example, is then unexpectedly followed by him giving a speech in black & white on the occasion of his 55th birthday five years earlier). Ujică has his cake and eats it by bookending the film with the kangaroo court Elena and Nicolae Ceaușescu were subjected to on Christmas Day 1989; although once again - presumably deliberately - he throws us a wobbly by not showing us the famous moment four days earlier when Ceaușescu launched into yet another of the speeches we have by now become familiar with, only to be greeted by the unaccustomed sound of booing and heckling.

Should Mr.Ujică ever deign to issue this film exactly as it already is only with captions I will happily revise my rating to Nine Stars.

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