The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)

"Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu" (original title)

[title_subtitle title=”Regizor: Andrei Ujica” subtitle=”Romania, documentary, history, 180 min, PG-13″]



Andrei Ujica


Nicolae Ceausescu, Elena Ceausescu


During the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to, Nicolae Ceausescu is reviewing his long reign in power: 1965-1989. From a formal point of view, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu proves that it is possible to only use existing images to yield films focused on recent history, yet with an epic vein similar to that of the historical fiction cinema. This is an eminently syntactic endeavor, where montage plays a twofold part: mise-en-scene, as it builds scenes that do not exist as such in the rushes, and classical editing, connecting scenes together.