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Articles from 27(1)/2022

Modern Romanian Cinema or Modernity and Modernism Unfinished

Doru POP


As this issue of Ekphrasis is dedicated to an in-depth discussion about contemporary Romanian cinema, from the perspective of contextualizing notions like modern, modernism, modernist, modernistic and even more broadly, modernity, the main hypothesis of this contribution is that modernism remains a... Read More

Keywords: metaphysics, modern cinema, modernist, modernity, modernism, Romanian cinema

Graduation: Near and Far



Along with Olivier Assayas of France, Cristian Mungiu was named Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Mungiu’s award, for directing Graduation, was not his first—4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days had won the Palme d’Or in 2007, and Beyond the Hills had wo... Read More

Keywords: Cristian Mungiu, neorealism, time, slow cinema, long take, André Bazin, chaos

Health and Politics in Romanian Cinema: Cristian Mungiu’s Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days (2007) and Beyond the Hills (2012)

Adrian MIOC


This article examines two important cinematic works by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. The analysis of Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days (2007) and Beyond The Hills (2012) features a historical perspective that emphasizes how a political context is able to affect the health of the f... Read More

Keywords: biopolitics, crisis, ideology, Cristian Mungiu, state and power

The Powers of the False in Romanian Cinema. The case of Police, Adjective and Aurora



The issue of real time in recent Romanian Cinema has been attributed to a belief in a type of realism of cinematic representation inspired by the film ontology of André Bazin. This study examines the use of continuous space-time in the surveillance sequences of Police, Adjective (2009) and t... Read More

Keywords: Romanian cinema, Time-Image, the Powers of the false, surveillance, panopticon

Flaneurish Mechanical Eye Seeking Physical Reality



This paper is intended to explore Radu Jude’s camera dexterity in first part of Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021), by using Siegfried Kracauer’s idea of realism based on physical reality and with the help of Walter Benjamin’s notion of flaneur which he developed out of Charles... Read More

Keywords: camera dexterity, Siegfried Kracauer, Physical Reality, Walter Benjamin, Flaneur

The Aesthetics of Discomfort in Cristi Puiu’s Aurora



This paper discusses the spectator’s discomfort triggered by Cristi Puiu’s film Aurora. In 2010, when it was launched, the film stirred heated controversy between those who labelled it as masterpiece and those who were bothered by the dreariness contemplated by the Romanian filmmaker. S... Read More

Keywords: Cristi Puiu, Romanian New Wave Cinema, Realism, Aurora, 2010, Discomfort, Audience Reception Studies, Observational Cinema, Hyperrealism

Looking beyond the margins. Thomas Ciulei and the modernist narrative practices



This article explores Thomas Ciulei’s feature documentary films This is it (Asta e, 2001) and The Flower Bridge (Podul de flori, 2008). It analyses how the director uses diverse documentary styles and various narrative practices in order to explore the character&rsq... Read More

Keywords: art cinema narration, parametric narration, pictorialism, observational documentary, precariat, Romanian transition, modernism

The Hesitations of Modernity



Review of Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen, László Strausz. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017,
ISBN 978-3-319-55272-9 (eBook), 262 p.

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Keywords: Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen, László Strausz, Palgrave Macmillan

Can Cinema Think Ouside the Screen?



Review of Romanian Cinema: Thinking Outside the Screen, Doru Pop. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

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Keywords: Romanian Cinema: Thinking Outside the Screen, Doru Pop, Bloomsbury Academic