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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.


Andrei Ujica


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


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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the duration of the movie is part of the message of the movie
21 November 2017 | by ligia-gSee all my reviews

Maybe an explanation of the long duration is this: the duration of the movie is part of the message of the movie. I grew up partly during those times in Romania. Having watched this movie now reminds about the dread of many moments that I lived through, especially of the repetitive propaganda that we all had to listen to every day (2 hours of TV program daily, 90% of the time with his face on the screen). The title of the movie – autobiography – suggests that this is how the title character would have made this movie: in the same egotistic way that he ignored the Romanian population during his dictatorship.

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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,644, 11 September 2011

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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