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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUȘESCU next film in Charles Theater Revival Series

Next week’s Revival Series at the Charles Theater selection is Andrei Ujicâ’s documentary film, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU, which explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives.  The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

“After all, a dictator is simply an artist who is able to fully put into practice his egotism. It is a mere question of aesthetic level, whether he turns out to be Baudelaire or Bolintineanu, Louis XVI or Nicolae Ceausescu.” -Andrei Ujica

“Who knew that three hours of coarsely edited Romanian state propaganda culled from the ruinous Ceaucescu era between 1965 and 1989 could be so transfixing, illuminating and haunting? Andrei Ujicâ’s extraordinary film eschews context and narration in a wry attempt to fashion a historical chronicle in the same dubiously subjective spirit that the footage was initially conceived.”
(5 stars out of 5) – Time Out London

The film will play at the Charles Theater at the following times:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 10:30 AM
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 7 PM
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 9 PM

 

This Week’s Revival Series at the Charles: Lech Majewski’s 2011 Sundance Film, THE MILL AND THE CROSS

Film Still from THE MILL AND THE CROSS

Widely acclaimed Polish visual artist Lech Majewski has created a motion picture, THE MILL AND THE CROSS, based on Peter Bruegel’s 1564 painting, The Way To Cavalry.

In the painting, Jesus’s crucifixion becomes marginalized by a vista of colourful onlookers, bread-sellers, squabbling hawkers, inquisitors and their victims strapped to Catherine-wheels strewn across the landscape. A windmill perched on a high crag casts an all-seeing messianic gaze, its lazy blades turning the cogs of time.

This unique digital tapestry, composed of layer upon layer of perspective, atmospheric phenomena and people, uses new CG technology and 3D effects.  The film stars Charlotte Rampling, Michael York and Rutger Hauer as Bruegel, the film opened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was praised by Dennis Harvey in Variety as “an extraordinary imaginative leap; visually ravishing, surprisingly beguiling gamble; immersive experience… remarkable.” and by David D’Arcy in Screen International as “a breakthrough epic film… a revelation that should not be missed.”

Revival Series films at the Charles Theater are presented in 35mm prints.  Screenings on Monday 1/31 at 7pm and again on Thursday at 9pm.  For more information, please visit the Charles Theater website.