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Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
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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 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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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.