THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU
- THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF
- NICOLAE CEAUSESCU
- (AUTOBIOGRAFIA LU
- NICOLAE CEAUSESCU)
- 2010, Andrei Ujica, Romania, 180 min.
"Who knew that three hours of coarsely edited Romanian state propaganda culled from the ruinous Ceausescu era could be so transfixing, illuminating and haunting?"
—David Jenkins, Time Out London
"A tour de force of found-footage moviemaking...Even for those with only the barest knowledge of this particular history, the movie is fascinating."
—Amy Taubin, Artforum
This unique compilation film was one of the most buzzed-about entries in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The 25-year reign of the infamous Romanian dictator is presented entirely through the distorted lens of propaganda and official footage--a gaudy but hollow pageant of speeches, parades, photo ops, and state visits that is by turns fascinating, chilling, and darkly humorous. Without narration, but with canny editing and sound design, director Ujica constructs a self-styled "autobiography" in which the unreliability of the "narrator" becomes increasingly apparent, and the offstage presence of suppressed history increasingly undeniable. In Romanian with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)