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Contemporary Romanian CinemaThe History of an Unexpected Miracle$
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Dominique Nasta

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167451

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167451.001.0001

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Dan Piţa

Dan Piţa

A Filmmaker for All Seasons

(p.47) Chapter 4 Dan Piţa
Contemporary Romanian Cinema

Dominique Nasta

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   filmmakers, filmmaking, Dan Piţa, Romanian films, Romanian cinema, Filip cel Bun, Filip the Kind, Omul zilei, The Man of the Day

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