Nicolae Ceaucescu, the little dictator of Romania for 24 years and also for the "hold" that this movie about him may exert on viewers who choose to see this three-hour film that offers no narration, simply "found" footage and appropriate musical accompaniment from the archives of various events in the life of the dictator, his wife Elena (both are shown above, in winter sleigh attire) and their country during this increasingly stressful, down-sliding period.
Andre Ujică, shown at left, and a brave one it is. TrustMovies tackled Ujică’s opus via screener, parsing it out to himself in three sections of one hour each over three days. He can't say how he might have fared had he viewed it in a theater for three uninterrupted hours, but each passing hour left him eager to get back to this strange tale, which initially shows (after the opening episode that gives us Nicolae's and Elena's downfall) the man as almost a normal-seeming, Soviet-type apparatchik (only shorter of stature and with a bit of a liberal bent), until power (what else could it have been?) corrupted him absolutely.
Charles De Gaulle; Czech Spring, about which the little premiere gives conflicting signals (as I interpret them, at least); his visit to Mao -- yow! (see below) and an embarrassing moment in U.S. history as President Jimmy Carter welcomes him -- with a marquee advertising Deep Throat prominent in the background! No dates are given so we must rely on popular culture, fashion and faces to fill us in, time-wise.
Nixon, below) and calculated overkill and yet remains somehow un-ironic on one level and bursting with irony on another.
The Film Desk, the documentary will be released this Friday, September 9, opening at the Elinor Bunin Munro at