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Tales from the Golden Age

  • Comedy
  • History
  • 2009
  • Hanno Hofer
  • 146 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Several urban legends of Communist Romania are dramatized.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The darkest days under dictator Nicolae Ceausescu are recalled with ironic nostalgia in this ribald collection of urban myths. The brainchild of Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), the five vignettes are directed by - and credited collectively to - himself and four first-time feature-makers. The standout is the opener, "The Legend of the Official Visit", in which residents of a rural community strain to accommodate the requests of the apparatchiks organising a fleeting inspection by some Communist dignitaries. "The Legend of the Party Photographer" also amuses in recalling the pressure placed on the media to put the most positive spin on the regime's every deed. But both "The Legend of the Chicken Driver" and "The Legend of the Air Sellers" linger on the theme of cheating the system, while "The Tale of the Greedy Policeman" is merely a shaggy dog story. As with all portmanteau films, the whole is somewhat patchy. But the incidents are linked by a keen appreciation of the fear, suspicion, confinement, corruption and venality that blighted daily life for most Romanians in the 1970s and 80s.

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Credits

Cast

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SecretaryAlexandru Potocean
MayorTeodor Corban
Party inspectorEmanuel Pirvu
PhotographerAvram Birau
Photographer's assistantPaul Dunca
Party secretaryViorel Comanici
GrigoreVlad Ivanov
CameliaTania Popa
MarusiaLiliana Mocanu
Policeman AlexaIon Sapdaru
Policeman's wifeVirginia Mirea
BughiRadu Iacoban

Crew

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DirectorHanno Hofer
DirectorRazvan Marculescu
DirectorCristian Mungiu
DirectorConstantin Popescu
DirectorIoana Uricaru

Details

Theatrical distributor
Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Released on
2009-10-30
Languages
Romanian
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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