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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu

Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceauşescu

Directed by Andrei Ujică
Romania, 2010
Documentary, Biography
  • Romanian
  • English

Synopsis

A monumental achievement, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu tracks the rise and fall of the infamous Romanian dictator through his own propaganda footage.

Our take

Artfully composed entirely of stock footage, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu is a triumph of documentary form. Director Andrei Ujică brilliantly allows the notorious dictator to hang himself with his own words, gestures, and public appearances—an involuntary self portrait!

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu Directed by Andrei Ujică

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2010 | 2nd place: Best Undistributed Film

2011 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature Film

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu does not provide any new information to those who remember these events. What it does do is reveal the self-perception of one of the world’s most repressive absurd dictators. And it does so through showing, in intimate detail (the footage is absolutely extraordinary), his public appearances, his speeches, shaking hands, kissing children…
April 14, 2015
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…“The Autobiography” is as monumental as it is ephemeral, rich with gallows humor, and not without a certain ghastly pathos as Romania’s maximum leader comes to seem the solipsistic star of his own reality show.
June 23, 2013
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Symbolism may be good in the arts but it’s worthless in economics and politics, blathers the lifelong Party animal [Ceauşescu], who of course used symbolism to maintain his ruthless and devious rule. Ujica’s film reuses footage that was nothing but an attempt to symbolize success—as desperation-inducing as it is to watch, one can only imagine the film’s effect for someone who experienced the reality firsthand.
September 07, 2011
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