A Filmmaker for All Seasons
This chapter focuses on Romanian filmmaker Dan Piţa. Piţa is extremely interesting figure in the context of Romanian cinema due to his unusual longevity: his career has spanned more than thirty years, starting in the early 1970s and continuing well into the first decade of the twenty-first century. He is also highly versatile and has dealt with all cinematic genres: shorts, important docu-fictions, realistic films dealing with everyday topics, heritage films, television series, Romanian-style westerns, encrypted (metaphorical) cinema, and less inspired post-Communist naturalistic films on controversial topics. His films include Filip cel Bun (Filip the Kind, 1974), probably one of the most comprehensive chronicles of Romanian city life on film; and Omul zilei (The Man of the Day, 1997), another “slice of life”from neo-capitalist Romania, featuring a vicious politician in a totally perverted environment.
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