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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

Andrei Ujica
Romania, 2010

French, English

Tënk's film review

The astounding images dug up by Andrei Ujica of Nicolae Ceaușescu are dubbed “autobiographical” since it was the Romanian ‘Conducător’ himself who asked to be followed around by a camera whilst communist leader. Yet the overweening vanity of his propaganda rudely backfires. As we see him ridiculed in a volleyball match or glancing worriedly at Gorbachev, farce descends into tragedy, only deepened by the ambient sounds and obscure technical noises that Ujica uses to drown out the pomp of speeches and music. Totalitarian terror is made deafening. 


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Andrei Ujica

Andrei Ujică est né en 1951 à Timisoara en Roumanie. Il devient enseignant en littérature et théorie du cinéma à l'université de Mannheim en Allemagne où il a émigré en 1981. Ce n'est qu'en 1989 qu'il se décide de se consacrer au cinéma. Il travaille avec Harun Farocki pour "Vidéogrammes d'une révolution" un film de référence sur les rapports entre le pouvoir politique et les médias. Puis il réalise “Out of the Present” en 1995. En 2010 Andrei Ujică clôt sa trilogie sur la fin du communisme avec "L'Autobiographie de Nicolae Ceausescu". Le film a été présenté à Cannes, salué par la critique internationale.

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