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Summary: The final 15 years of the Ceausescu regime were the worst in Romania's history. Nonetheless, the propaganda machine of that time referred without fail to that period as “the golden age”... Tales From the Golden Age adapts for screen the most popular urban myths of the period. Comic, bizarre, surprising myths abounded, myths that drew on the often surreal events of everyday life under the communist regime. Humor is what kept Romanians alive, and Tales From the Golden Age aims to re-capture that mood, portraying the survival of a nation having to face every day the twisted logic of a dictatorship. On the occasion of Ceausescu's working visits, countryside mayors ended up hanging fruit in trees to make sure their villages would be noticed, obeying even the strangest orders from the ferocious Party activists. Communist Party secret regulations stated that in official pictures President Ceausescu couldn't take his hat off in front of the representatives of the rotten capitalistic world, President d'Estaing included. A professional driver decides to open his sealed truck for the first time in his career and discovers the connection between eggs, Easter and marital love. A policeman gets a live pig as gift before Christmas and decides that gas poisoning would be the best way to kill the animal silently amongst his hungry neighbors. In 1980s Romania, Bughi and Crina play Bonnie and Clyde, robbing people of bottled air. Tales From the Golden Agecombines several true stories to portray an era during which food was more important than money, freedom more important than love and survival more important than principles. (IFC Films)
Runtime: 155 min
Official Site: http://www.ifcfilms.com/uncategorized/tales-from-the-golden-age
Production: Mobra Films
Genres: History, Comedy
Countries: France, Romania
Language: Romanian
Director Credit
Constantin Popescu Director
Cristian Mungiu Director
Hanno Höfer Director
Ioana Uricaru Director
Razvan Marculescu Director
Writer Credit
Cristian Mungiu Writer
Cast Credit
Alexandru Potocean The Secretary (Segment "The Legend Of The Official Visit")
Avram Birau The Photographer (Segment "The Legend Of The Party Photographer")
Calin Chirila The Party Activist (Segment "The Legend Of The Party Activist")
Diana Cavallioti Crina (Segment "The Legend Of The Air Sellers")
Emanuel Parvu The Party Inspector (Segment "The Legend Of The Official Visit")
Ion Sapdaru Policeman Alexa (Segment "The Legend Of The Greedy Policeman")
Liliana Mocanu Marusia (Segment "The Legend Of The Chicken Driver")
Paul Dunca The Photographer's Assistant (Segment "The Legend Of The Party Photographer")
Radu Iacoban Bughi (Segment "The Legend Of The Air Sellers")
Romeo Tudor The Shepherd (Segment "The Legend Of The Party Activist")
Tania Popa Camelia (Segment "The Legend Of The Chicken Driver")
Teodor Corban The Mayor (Segment "The Legend Of The Official Visit")
Viorel Comanici The Party Secretary (Segment "The Legend Of The Party Photographer")
Virginia Mirea Policeman's Wife (Segment "The Legend Of The Greedy Policeman")
Vlad Ivanov Grigore (Segment "The Legend Of The Chicken Driver")
Producer Credit
Cristian Mungiu Producer
Oleg Mutu Producer
Pascal Caucheteux Producer
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