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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:
a daring way to tell a story 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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34 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
a daring way to tell a story, 23 April 2011
Author: David Landau (pureplayed@live.com) from San Francisco

"The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu" is an audacious, and to my eye very successful, way to tell a story. I should say to show a story, because nothing is told. No context or viewpoint is provided, other than the camera's. The filmmakers have drawn on a rich video archive concerning Ceausescu and Rumania from 1965 to 1989. No opinions are explicitly offered, and no history or explanation provided, beyond what the camera sees. And the camera sees a lot. As with the footage in Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia," the images are quite arresting, and one really doesn't want to move one's eye away from what the camera is seeing. I would offer three pieces of advice about the film. First, go and be prepared to supply your own context. I'm a historian and fairly wonky in these matters, but even so, it took me a good few minutes to get accustomed to the idea that the film's narrative was going to be simply what the camera was showing. I suspect this will catch many viewers by surprise, and it's better to know it in advance. Second: go with an open mind. Ceausescu is a controversial character. It pays to put your viewpoints aside --not forget them, just suspend them-- while you are seeing the film. And finally, by all means go. This is audacious storytelling and great cinema. The effort you expend on this journey will certainly be rewarded.

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