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Minimalism in Romanian New Wave Cinema: The Example of Cristi Puiu
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I will take a closer look at the use of minimalism in the Romanian New Wave films (i.e. films by some Romanian directors between 2001 and 2014). According to Dominique Nasta (2013) and Doru Pop (2014), the films belonging to this “wave” are characterized by a minimalist style, defined as a reduction to the basics of the cinematic language, especially composition (sight and sound) and narrative (plot, characters and narrative techniques). One interesting question is whether this style is related to the crisis in Post-Communist Romania, more specifically to its realistic representation in the films or to the lack of funding, or if it is rather an aesthetic choice. I will closely analyze a number of scenes in Cristi Puiu’s three feature films, Stuff and Dough (2001), The Death of Mister Lăzărescu (2005) and Aurora (2010), which seem to break with what one would expect from minimalism. It is especially the emphasizing of the use of a cinematic medium in scenes where remediation occurs (cf. Bolter & Grusin, Rajewsky, Wolf) that seems to contradict the minimalist aim of giving the illusion of immediacy (cf. Pop). However, I argue that even such cases are rather subordinate to the minimalist style, since they contribute, for instance, to the reduction of the narrative, by avoiding the need for lengthy presentations and explanations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
Puiu, Postcommunism
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-52925DiVA: diva2:932679
Conference
Cinema and Visual Culture in Post-Communist Europe: From Crisis to Euphoria and Back Again. 3rd International CineMedia Conference, 27-28 May 2016, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Department of Cinema and Media.
Available from: 2016-06-02 Created: 2016-06-02 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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