Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen

  • László Strausz

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.


post-war Romania state socialist 1989 Romanian Revolution hesitation political struggles regime change new Romanian cinema cultural memory social change Cold War populist narratives social transformation Social Republic of Romania

Authors and affiliations

  • László Strausz
    • 1
  1. 1.Eötvös Loránd University BudapestHungary

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