Romanian New Wave Cinema

An Introduction


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About the Book

Modern Romanian filmmaking has received wide international recognition. From 2001 to 2011, promising young filmmakers have been embraced as important members of European cinema. The country developed a new fervor for filmmaking and a dozen new movies have received international awards and recognition from some of the most important critics worldwide. This development, sometimes called “New Wave cinema,” is fully explored in this book.
By using a comparative approach and searching for similarities among cinematic styles and trends, the study reveals that the young Romanian directors are part of a larger, European, way of filmmaking. The discussion moves from specific themes, motifs and narratives to the philosophy of a whole generation, such as Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu, Radu Muntean, Corneliu Porumboiu, Tudor Giurgiu, and others.

About the Author(s)

Doru Pop is an associate professor at Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, and the author of several books on media, television and cinema studies. He recently taught a course on the Romanian and European New Wave cinema at the Bard College in New York.

Bibliographic Details

Doru Pop
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7937-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1489-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface   1
1. Make Way for the Romanian New Wave   7
2. The Aesthetics of the New Wave Cinema   42
3. Antiheroes: Stories of Marginality   74
4. Cinematic Symptoms and Psychoanalytical Keys   101
5. Semiological and Iconological Interpretations   130
6. The Dark Humor of the Romanian Filmmakers   153
7. Representing Women: Towards a New Cinema   181
8. The Absent Spectator   206
References   229
Index   239