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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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Through a Glass, Darkly

Through a Glass, Darkly

Lucian Pintilie as Past and Present Role Model

(p.85) Chapter 7 Through a Glass, Darkly
Contemporary Romanian Cinema

Dominique Nasta

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the narrative structures and unique style of Lucian Pintilie, the most influential Romanian filmmaker to date. Consistently refusing to make concessions to the Communist regime, Pintilie entered an artistic exile period as early as 1972. He was granted a privileged, albeit paradoxical status, that of travelling freely to Europe and the US and returning to Romania whenever he wished, on the condition that he did not direct any film or stage any play in his native country. A few months after the 1989 December revolution he returned to work and wanted to make up for lost time, first as a producer and then as a director, his second Romanian career unfolding roughly during the next fifteen years (1992–2007). His first feature film Duminică la ora ş ase (Sunday at Six, 1965), is a love story set against the World War II resistance movement. Tertium Non Datur (2006) is his last film to date and his shortest feature.

Keywords:   narrative structures, Romanian cinema, Lucian Pintilie, filmmakers, artistic exile, Duminică la ora ş ase, Sunday at Six

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