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Tales from the Golden Age

A few weeks ago, we were speaking about movies at our English Conversation Club.  I mentioned that I haven’t enjoyed most of the Romanian movies I’ve seen, to which the students all responded with eyes wide in horror (not literally, but definitely metaphorically) at my comment.

“Why do you not enjoy Romanian films?  I think maybe you cannot understand them.”

“Oh, no, even with subtitles.  It’s just…”  I dug my hole deeper.

“But we have many good Romanian movies.”

“I honestly haven’t seen too many,” I said, digging myself out a bit.  “Probably I have only seen the bad ones.”  I quickly turned the conversation away from trying to explain why I did not like Romanian movies and instead asked for recommendations of Romanian films I should see.

And that’s how I ended up watching one of the funniest and most insightful movies I’ve seen in a long time:  Tales from the Golden Age.

The movie is based around a number of short stories, legends of what life was like under Communism.  Some would be downright sad and painful in reality but on film are simply hilarious.  (The Christmas pig!!!!)  I don’t want to spoil too much of the fun, so I won’t tell any more.  But if you need more to convince you this movie is worth your time, check out IMDb and the trailer (see below).

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King of Communism

As part of my Romanian cultural immersion, I have been trying to learn more of their history, watch their TV shows, listen to their music, read their newspapers, even read their translation of the Bible.  Some of it helps me learn the language better.  Some of it is just a nice break from other language studies.  Some of it is really a good education on what it means to be Romanian.

Jason recommended the video “King of Communism.”  If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.  It’s a really good look at the last of Eastern Europe’s communist dictators:  Nicolae Ceausescu.