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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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The 1989 Moment

The 1989 Moment

Film and History in the Early 1990s

Chapter:
(p.73) Chapter 6 The 1989 Moment
Source:
Contemporary Romanian Cinema
Author(s):

Dominique Nasta

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167451.003.0007

This chapter focuses on Romanian films which emerged after the collapse of Communism in 1989. The political events in Romania at that time were almost entirely and sometimes excessively filmed by professional film and television crews and by numerous amateur film makers, which had long-term effects on the future history of Romanian cinema. These effects were felt in the early documentaries, domestic and foreign docu-fictions, shorts, and feature-length films of the early 1990s. The chapter begins with a brief discussion of events leading up to revolution in 1989. It then describes the four categories of art-house films by less familiar or totally unknown directors, with corresponding examples: those still indebted to a metaphoric encoded cinematic language; those choosing to put it bluntly and reveal the realities of the immediate post-Communist Romania; those eager to retrace unknown and long-forbidden periods and facts from recent Romanian history, such as the terrible ordeals of Communist prisons or the forced collectivization replacing private property; and those depicting in a style closer to documentary and television the complex facts of the December revolution and of its immediate consequences.

Keywords:   Romanian films, post-Communist Romania, art-house films, post-Communist films, Communism

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