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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)

Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu (original title)
The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives.

Director:

Andrei Ujica

Writer:

Andrei Ujica
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nicolae Ceausescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Elena Ceausescu Elena Ceausescu ... Herself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefan Andrei Stefan Andrei ... Himself (archive footage)
Gheorghe Apostol Gheorghe Apostol ... Himself (archive footage)
Ana Aslan Ana Aslan ... Herself (archive footage)
Ion Avram Ion Avram ... Himself (archive footage)
Iosif Banc Iosif Banc ... Himself (archive footage)
Eugen Barbu Eugen Barbu ... Himself (archive footage)
Elena Barbulescu Elena Barbulescu ... Himself (archive footage)
Lica Barbulescu Lica Barbulescu ... Herself (archive footage)
Alexandru Barladeanu Alexandru Barladeanu ... Himself (archive footage)
Ion Birlea Ion Birlea ... Himself (archive footage)
Emil Bobu Emil Bobu ... Himself (archive footage)
Emil Bodnaras Emil Bodnaras ... Himself (archive footage)
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

During the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to, Nicolae Ceausescu is reviewing his long reign in power: 1965-1989. From a formal point of view, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu proves that it is possible to only use existing images to yield films focused on recent history, yet with an epic vein similar to that of the historical fiction cinema. This is an eminently syntactic endeavor, where montage plays a twofold part: mise-en-scene, as it builds scenes that do not exist as such in the rushes, and classical editing, connecting scenes together. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Romania | Germany

Language:

Romanian | English

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,644, 11 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,396, 4 March 2012
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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a daring way to tell a story
23 April 2011 | by davidkaoriSee all my reviews

"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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