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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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Mircea Daneliuc

Mircea Daneliuc

Romanian Cinema’s Rebel with a Cause

(p.57) Chapter 5 Mircea Daneliuc
Contemporary Romanian Cinema

Dominique Nasta

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   Romanian films, Romanian society, film directors, Communist censorship, Cursa, The Long Drive, Proba de microfon, Microphone Test, Senatorul Melcilor, The Snails' Senator

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