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Cristi Puiu
by Monica Filimon
University of Illinois Press, 2017
Paper: 978-0-252-08227-6 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09920-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04076-4
Library of Congress Classification PN1998.3.P8535F55 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.430233092

Cristi Puiu's black comedy The Death of Mr. Lazarescu announced the arrival of the New Romanian Cinema as a force on the film world stage. As critics and festival audiences embraced the new movement, Puiu emerged as its lodestar and critical voice. Monica Filimon explores the works of an artist dedicated to truth not as an abstract concept, but as the ephemeral revelation of the fuller, ungraspable world beyond the screen. Puiu's innovative use of the handheld camera as an observer and his reliance on austere, restricted narration highlight the very limits of human understanding, guiding the viewer's intellectual and emotional sensibilities to the reality that has been left unfilmed. Filimon examines the director's ethics of epiphany not only in relation to the collective and personal histories that have triggered it, but also in dialogue with the films, texts, and filmmakers that have shaped it.

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