Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle by Dominique NastaContemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle by Dominique Nasta

Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle

byDominique Nasta

Paperback | October 29, 2013

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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 Université 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.
Title:Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected MiracleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231167458

ISBN - 13:9780231167451


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPrefaceIntroduction1. Difficult Beginnings2. Bright Intervals: Romania's Short-lived Thaw3. Romanian Cinema in the 1970s: Versatility on the Menu4. Dan Pita: A Filmmaker for All Seasons5. Mircea Daneliuc: Romanian Cinema's Rebel with a Cause6. The 1989 Moment: Film and History in the Early 1990s7. Through a Glass, Darkly: Lucian Pintilie as Past and Present Role Model8. The Films of Nae Caranfil: A Taste of Turn-of-the-Century Sophisticated Comedy9. Short Films on the Crest of the New Wave10. Less is More: Puiu, Porumboiu, Muntean and the Impact of Romanian Film Minimalism11. The 4, 3, 2 Paradigm: Cristian Mungiu's Large-scale Phenomenon12. Making Films for Wider Audiences: Romanian Cinema Turns Global13. Romanian Exilic and Diasporic Cinema: The Case of Radu GabreaConclusionNotesFilmographyBibliographyIndex

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