Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle
by DOMINIQUE NASTA
Over the last decade, audiences have become familiar with Romanian New Wave films, such as 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), and 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006). This book is the first in-depth analysis of essential productions ranging from the silent period to today. In addition to the historical and cultural factors influencing contemporary Romanian cinema, the volume covers the careers of filmmakers who approached various genres despite Communist censorship. A chapter focuses on Lucian Pintilie, whose Reconstruction (1969) strongly inspired Romania’s twenty-first-century output, and the book’s second half closely examines the “minimalist” trend of Cristian Mungiu, Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, and Radu Muntean, as well as younger directors dealing with the complexities of contemporary Romania.
DOMINIQUE NASTA is professor of film studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is the author of Meaning in Film and, with Didier Huvelle, New Perspectives in Sound Studies.
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