Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle

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Columbia University Press, Oct 29, 2013 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
Over the last decade, audiences worldwide have become familiar with highly acclaimed films from the Romanian New Wave such as 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), and 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006). However, the hundred or so years of Romanian cinema leading to these accomplishments have been largely overlooked. This book is the first to provide in-depth analyses of essential works ranging from the silent period to contemporary productions. In addition to relevant information on historical and cultural factors influencing contemporary Romanian cinema, this volume covers the careers of daring filmmakers who approached various genres despite fifty years of Communist censorship. An important chapter is dedicated to Lucian Pintilie, whose seminal work, Reconstruction (1969), strongly inspired Romania's 21st-century innovative output. The book's second half closely examines both the 'minimalist' trend (Cristian Mungiu, Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Radu Muntean) and the younger, but no less inspired, directors who have chosen to go beyond the 1989 revolution paradigm by dealing with the complexities of contemporary Romania.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Difficult Beginnings
3
Romanias Shortlived Thaw
17
Versatility on the Menu
27
A Filmmaker for All Seasons
47
Romanian Cinemas Rebel with a Cause
57
Film and History in the Early 1990s
73
Lucian Pintilie as Past and Present Role Model
85
Puiu Porumboiu Muntean and the Impact of Romanian Film Minimalism
155
Cristian Mungius Largescale Phenomenon
181
Romanian Cinema Turns Global
201
The Case of Radu Gabrea
221
Conclusion
231
Notes
237
Filmography
251
Bibliography
258

A Taste of TurnoftheCentruy Sophisticated Comedy
121
9 Short Films on the Crest of the New Wave
139

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Dominique Nasta is professor of film studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has published two books, Meaning in Film (1991) and New Perspectives in Sound Studies (with Didier Huvelle, 2004), as well as numerous essays and encyclopedia chapters on Romanian films and directors.

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