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Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2011) d. Andrei Ujică

It all ended in tears for Nicolae Ceausescu

Movie Review
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2011)
d. Andrei Ujică
Streaming on Netflix

  Assembled entirely out of "official" state footage, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu is a totally unique approach towards its subject, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.  I keep waiting for 20th century Eastern European Communist Dictatorships to become "hot" but maybe I am putting too much on the trend-industrial complex to expect a real revival.

   The only moments in the film that are anything less then officially scripted Communist Part propaganda are the beginning and the end, both of which show parts of the hastily thrown together "trial" that immediately preceded Ceausescu and his wife being shot.  In these scenes, Ceausescu and his wife look like they are being "tried" in a high school class room.  Both look elderly, feeble and disheveled.  This disconcerting scene segues into the funeral for Ceausescu's predecessor,
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej.  Ceausescu met Gehorghiu-Dej in a Fascist prison camp during World War II, where they were roommates.

  After he takes control it is a blur of two hours plus of world leaders visiting, Ceausescu visiting world leaders, speeches to his Congress andddd more meetings with world leaders.  Some scenes have sound, other scenes are silent. Notable highlights include Ceausescu railing against the Warsaw pact invasion of fellow Warsaw Pact state Czechoslavkia, and visit to China and the U.S. (Jimmy Carter bay bayyyy)

  Word of caution, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu is three hours long so make sure you have the time!

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