It is 180 minutes long, it is from 2010, the director is Andrei Ujica, if you can talk about a director, when it comes to this amazing work ”The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu” that must be obligatory in all film lessons about the propaganda film genre. It is all so well filmed, gorgeous camerawork, archive after archive, official archive, put together by Ujica without any commentary, in chronological order, it talks for itself, it makes you speechless. You see a visionary man who reached for power, in the beginning with good intentions, to fight for the poor man and his life, and he broke with the East block after Prague 1968, and then, as the archive shows slowly, he gets more and more excluded from reality, and ends up as we all remember it from the terrible broadcasted scenes: as a man in a corner being shouted at denying any violence performed from the state. Later to be shot as a dog in a courtyard – which we do not see in the film, a clever move by the director, he knows that we have that scene in our heads.
Romania, 2010, seen at the videothèque of cph:dox