Romanian Cinema’s Rebel with a Cause
This chapter focuses on Mircea Daneliuc, the most important Romanian director of the 1980s. His films managed to escape Communist censorship, while bringing to the fore extremely authentic characters and situations, thus creating an invaluable picture of Romanian society. He possesses the unique capacity to shift from highly realistic stories to parables and allegories, while enabling critics and audiences alike to decode them in inspiring ways. Daneliuc is also a unique case of consistent artistic rebellion, having used film as a weapon against a dysfunctional society, both during and after the end of Communism. His films include Cursa (The Long Drive, 1975), a road movie unfolding inside a mountain region; Proba de microfon (Microphone Test, 1980) which centers on a cameraman and a television reporter who are emotionally involved; and Senatorul Melcilor (The Snails' Senator, 1995), about a ubiquitous and invincible apparatchik, perfectly adapted to the new, post-communist circumstances.
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