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  • Actors: Nicolae Ceausescu, Elena Ceausescu
  • Directors: Andrei Ujica
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Romanian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: July 2 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00CBVWX56
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,767 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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.

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This video is a collection of real footage about Ceausescu, from the beginning of his political career, to the end. It has no added comments or explanations. The footage collection does not, of course, include footage from the years Ceausescu spent in prison, during his teen years, for being involved with the communists. Overall, the film footage is real and it truly depicts what he was like in real life, in politics and with his family, and also what life was really like in Romania during the socialist times of the 1960's and 1970's. One can see how president Nixon was greeted in Romania, in typical Romanian tradition, and also other big events like the visit by Charles de Gaulle, the president of France, or how he was received in London by the Queen of England, etc. The first footage the film starts with, is about the death of the previous president, Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej, who had died upon returning from a trip to Russia and people in the capital city had lined up to pay their respects to him, as he had been liked by many (including my family and neighbours). Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej was one of Ceausescu's cell mates when they were both in prison and also his mentor from his teenage years onward. The film also includes a significant amount of footage showing Ceausescu with his family, giving speeches during United Nations/other Eastern block conventions, etc.
This film gives a whole new perspective on Ceausescu and those times in Romania for someone who has only been exposed to anti-socialist, anti-Ceausescu propaganda over the years. The full history of those times is very interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
outstanding Nov. 10 2013
By N. Bogdan - Published on
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This is the best documentary movie about "Ceausescu era" I've ever seen. I lived 21 years of that period and I can promise you that the movie reflects very accurate what I witnessed
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I love it May 4 2014
By MEF - Published on
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wonderful film!
it would be a great watchable video that I would love to show to ... Dec 20 2014
By C. Young - Published on
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This movie is basically someone's college visual arts project. Three hours of video footage with no narrative, and long sequences with no audio at all.

If you grew up in Romania, its an interesting look into the past. But it is not a "documentary" in any meaningful sense, and makes no attempt to be informative. If you are simply curious about the history of Romanian communism, you won't learn much here.

If someone thoughtful cut this down to 45 minutes, and added some narration with insight, it would be a great watchable video that I would love to show to students.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a masterpiece of film making. Jan. 20 2014
By John F. Wells - Published on
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the idea is so original. The editing is masterful! Poor Nicolae is hung on his own Petard. The lady was a horror.
Five Stars March 13 2015
By cristina - Published on
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Very good.