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East, West and CentreReframing post-1989 European Cinema$
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Michael Gott and Todd Herzog

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694150

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694150.001.0001

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The Limits of Nostalgia and (Trans) National Cinema in Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii (2006)

The Limits of Nostalgia and (Trans) National Cinema in Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii (2006)

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(p.267) Chapter 17 The Limits of Nostalgia and (Trans) National Cinema in Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii (2006)
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East, West and Centre
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Mihaela Petrescu

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694150.003.0017

Over the last decade, films belonging to what has come to be known as the New Romanian Cinema (NRC) have received several important prizes at various international film festivals, most prominently at Cannes, and the NRC has been celebrated as the breakout star of European cinema. Although some attention has been given to the shared aesthetic values of NRC films, to this date, only a few scholarly texts have focused on analyzing thematic aspects such as the NRC's portrayal of life in Cold War Romania. This essay seeks to correct this omission by analyzing Cătălin Mitulescu's Cum mi-am petrecut sfarşitul lumii/The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006).This chapter addresses the themes of migration and escape but focuses on the lives of those who stayed in Romania during the final years of the Ceauşescu regime. Analysing the Romanian-French co-production, The Way I Spent the End of the World, Petrescu contrasts the sometimes nostalgic portrait of youth in communist Romania to the more wistful and less critical German brand of Ostalgie.

Keywords:   New Romanian Cinema, Communism, Cătălin Mitulescu, Ostalgie, migration

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