- The Reenactment
November 9 at 4:00 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
Introduced by Gabriel M. Paletz
“I come from a country where reconstructions [are] among the most violent means of mystifying and violating reality. . . . [The authorities] banned my film because . . . I was questioning the very principle of a reconstruction.” Director Lucian Pintilie (1933–2018) and his collaborators had the audacity to undercut the theater in the regimes of the Soviet satellites. These governments followed the USSR in the public performances of show trials and the staging of mass demonstrations that compelled citizens to express their enthusiasm for an ideology in which no one believed. With this film, Pintilie restaged a reconstruction in which two juveniles who injured someone in a fight are forced to recreate their crime for a film. Grim and sardonic, The Reenactment is a disturbing work of realism that explains why Pintilie is known as the godfather of the Romanian New Wave. (Lucian Pintilie, 1968, subtitles, 100 minutes) Gabriel M. Paletz teaches at the Prague Film School