Why Are the Bells Ringing, Mitica? (1981)

Director
Lucian Pintilie

Main cast
Victor Rebengiuc; Mariana Mihut; Tora Vasilescu; Gheorghe Dinică

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Description
Based on a theatrical text by Romanian writer Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912), who was a bitter and funny witness of the turn-of-the-20th-century Romanian bourgeois mores, Carnival Scenes manages to preserve and further enhance the slightly hysteric atmosphere of his plays. Pintilie creates a strange combination of carnival scenes which is brought to the screen as a burlesque, fast-paced, screwball comedy with a meditative undertone. This film was banned in Romania for a decade until the death of Ceausescu in 1989 and was only released after the 1989 revolution.


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