Fonte: Museum of the Moving Image
Screening & Live Event
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
Part of Andrei Ujică
Saturday, October 1, 5:00 p.m.
“Museum of Moving Image” – Address:
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Astoria, NY 11106
Dir. Andrei Ujică. 2010, 180 mins.. A deftly composed montage, edited from thousands of hours of archival footage—both state-sanctioned and private—documenting the rise and fall of the socialist Romanian leader, and the traumatized nation he left after his execution in 1989. This work is an astonishing study of the intoxicating and corrupting effects of power and the ways that world leaders attempt to stage-manage history. The screening will be introduced by Romanian-American political scientist and sociologist Vladimir Tismăneanu, who is also the director of the University of Maryland’s Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies.
Tismăneanu e’ uno dei piu’ importanti storici del Comunismo, assieme a Stéphane Courtois, George Watson, Raymon Aron tanto per citarne alcuni, conosciuto e stimato in patria e negli Stati Uniti, e’ semisconosciuto in Italia e il suo nome circola poco anche in Europa occidentale’. Fra le sue pubblicazioni:
- “The Crisis of Marxist Ideology in Eastern Europe: The Poverty of Utopia”
- “Stalinism for All Seasons”
- “The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and the Lessons of the 20th Century”
- “World Order After Leninism”
- “Between East and West: Studies in Anthropology and Social History”
On a theoretical level, Tismaneanu challenges the common ideas that the ideological struggle is between “right” and “left” or between “nationalists” and “internationalists.” In a careful analysis of the conflict’s ideological roots, he argues that it is more useful and historically accurate to view the struggle as between those who embrace the individualist traditions of the Enlightenment and those who reject them.
“Every time the sun sets, our knowledge of Communism evaporates just a little bit. Unless we work hard, day after day, to replenish our dissipating reserves, those of us who have known tend to forget, and those who never knew – the generation coming out of childhood – tend to grow up in ignorance of all those gruesome data about the nature of the enemy we face.” This is how William F. Buckley Jr. described the moral and scientific duties of any academic, journalist, writer, or public intellectual who would like to assess the false promises and unspeakable horrors perpetrated by Communism during the 20th century. The memory of dictatorship, therefore, must be told, recounted, and analyzed in this full perspective.”