Over the last decade, audiences worldwide have become familiar with highly acclaimed films from the Romanian New Wave such as 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), and 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006). However, the hundred or so years of Romanian cinema leading to these accomplishments have been largely overlooked. This book is the first to provide in-depth analyses of essential works ranging from the silent period to contemporary productions. In addition to relevant information on historical and cultural factors influencing contemporary Romanian cinema, this volume covers the careers of daring filmmakers who approached various genres despite fifty years of Communist censorship. An important chapter is dedicated to Lucian Pintilie, whose seminal work, Reconstruction (1969), strongly inspired Romania's 21st-century innovative output. The book's second half closely examines both the 'minimalist' trend (Cristian Mungiu, Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Radu Muntean) and the younger, but no less inspired, directors who have chosen to go beyond the 1989 revolution paradigm by dealing with the complexities of contemporary Romania.
Dominique Nasta is professor of film studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. She has published two books, Meaning in Film (1991) and New Perspectives in Sound Studies (with Didier Huvelle, 2004), as well as numerous essays and encyclopedia chapters on Romanian films and directors.
Acknowledgements Preface Introduction 1. Difficult Beginnings 2. Bright Intervals: Romania's Short-lived Thaw 3. Romanian Cinema in the 1970s: Versatility on the Menu 4. Dan Pita: A Filmmaker for All Seasons 5. Mircea Daneliuc: Romanian Cinema's Rebel with a Cause 6. The 1989 Moment: Film and History in the Early 1990s 7. Through a Glass, Darkly: Lucian Pintilie as Past and Present Role Model 8. The Films of Nae Caranfil: A Taste of Turn-of-the-Century Sophisticated Comedy 9. Short Films on the Crest of the New Wave 10. Less is More: Puiu, Porumboiu, Muntean and the Impact of Romanian Film Minimalism 11. The 4, 3, 2 Paradigm: Cristian Mungiu's Large-scale Phenomenon 12. Making Films for Wider Audiences: Romanian Cinema Turns Global 13. Romanian Exilic and Diasporic Cinema: The Case of Radu Gabrea Conclusion Notes Filmography Bibliography Index