The Socialist Cinema of Romania



This chapter examines the space of the socialist cinema of Romania (1945–1989). It focuses on examples that, through their spatial construction, directly or implicitly criticised the socialist leadership. The chapter analyses Lucian Pintilie’s Reenactment (Reconstituirea, 1968) from the short-lived Romanian thaw and scrutinises films from the 1980s, such as Alexandru Tatos’ Sequences (Secvente, 1982), Lucian Pintilie’s Why Are the Bells Ringing, Mitică? (De ce trag clopotele, Mitică?, 1981) and Mircea Daneliuc’s Microphone Test (Proba de Microfon, 1980). The analysis concerns the representation of (pro-filmic) space and the hidden critique that these films form of the actual regime by the spatial structure of the productions and the use of a mise-en-abyme structure.


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  1. 1.Babeș-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

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