Director: Radu Gabrea • Romania 1970 • 70 minutes • Documentary • Romanian with English subtitles
Radu Gabrea builds a history of the city in the first half of the 20th century, an intelligently built documentary film, with many humorous touches and original sequences which recall the film-maker’s love for his country’s capital, as well as the good knowledge of the rules of the genre.
The sequences showing the beginnings of cinema in Romania, among which a parade with King Carol I or official visits, preface narratives though which the viewer also discovers the life of small merchants, as well as images of poverty in the heart of a city of many great fortunes. However, social polarisation is not a theme that defines the film. The director also uses successfully an anonymous jewel: a suite of sequences filmed by a passionate amateur.
The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 4NH)
Tickets: £7 (cash or cheque on the night; refreshments included)
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