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Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen

Authors: Strausz, László

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  • Investigates hesitancy as a specific artistic strategy in the films of the new Romanian cinema and its antecedents
  • Interprets the representations of history and social change in the films of the new Romanian cinema as a cultural response to the unsettling power of the images witnessed during the days of the revolution
  • Progresses as a cultural history that isolates hesitation as the common artistic strategy of the new Romanian cinema, and explains its emergence through the social-historical context that gave birth to it
  • Establishes connections with cinematic and televisual antecedents and thereby places the films in a wider cultural landscape
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About this book

This book argues that hesitation as an artistic and spectatorial strategy connects various screen media texts produced in post-war Romania. The chapters draw a historical connection between films made during the state socialist decades, televised broadcasts of the 1989 Romanian revolution, and films of the new Romanian cinema. The book explores how the critical attitude of new Romanian cinema demonstrates a refusal to accept limiting, binary discourses rooted in Cold War narratives. Strausz argues that hesitation becomes an attempt to overcome restrictive populist narratives of the past and present day. By employing a performative and mobile position, audiences are encouraged to consider conflicting approaches to history and social transformation.

About the authors

László Strausz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Film Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. 

Reviews

“Strausz offers an original and sophisticated interpretation of Romanian cinema from state socialism to contemporary times. He argues that film directors such as Lucian Pintilie, Cristi Puiu and Corneliu Porumboiu engaged with their country’s past and present, while being selfreferential. The book is a ‘must-read’ for fans of the New Romanian Cinema and theory-oriented scholars interested in the relationship between cinematic modernism and postmodernism.” (Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire, UK)

“To many, the celebrated new wave of Romanian cinema seems to have ‘emerged’ out of the blue. Strausz’ meticulous study shows how the new cinema grew organically out of ‘hesitant’ discourse manifested in the audiovisual milieu of earlier periods. This book not only puts the discourse of ‘hesitation’ to productive work, but also provides a prime example of a comprehensive and contextualizing cultural approach in film studies.” (Dina Iordanova, University of St Andrews, UK)

“This book provides an ambitious and long-awaited inquiry into Romanian art-house cinema. Strausz delivers a conceptual framework that deepens the conversation on the historiographic function of film. Hesitation, the central concept of the analysis, sheds light on a perception of history shared by most countries of the former Socialist Bloc, whose twentieth century has been marked by radical political system change.” (Constantin Parvulescu, University of Navarra, Spain)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 58,84 €
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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Softcover 74,89 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55272-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55272-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55271-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85613-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 257
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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