CANCELED: The Reenactment


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  • Introduction

    A film scholar, journalist, teacher, and curator, Gabriel M. Paletz has written for Variety and now teaches at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic. 


George Constantin, Emil Botta, George Mihaita, Vladimir Gaitan,

“I come from a country where reconstructions [are] among the most violent means of mystifying and violating reality. . . . [The authorities] banned my film because . . . I was questioning the very principle of a reconstruction,” said director Lucian Pintilie. The regimes in the Soviet satellites compelled citizens to participate in public spectacles, to express their enthusiasm for an ideology in which no one believed. Through a film that takes the manipulations of a reconstruction as its subject, Pintilie and his collaborators undercut the public theater across the Soviet bloc. In tribute to Pintilie’s recent passing, we screen his early picture that remains a landmark for both the cinema of the socialist states and the Romanian New Wave.

Gabriel M. Paletz
  • Lucian Pintilie
  • Horia Patrascu
  • Sergiu Huzum
  • Romanian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 100 mins
  • Centrul Naţional al Cinematografiei
  • Arhiva Nationala de Filme