The Wild West meets the Wilder East in The Transylvanians Trilogy aka The Red Western Trilogy
November 29-30 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, part of MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema
Making Waves gives New Yorkers the unique chance to see a piece of Romanian Cinema history. Presented in brand new 35mm prints!
The Transylvanians’ Trilogy, a hugely popular series made in the ’80s, is a rare treat: a popular red western (or”eastern”) shot in Romania, telling the story of two Transylvanians who go to America – to the mining town of Cedar City, Utah – to persuade their brother to come back home, only to discover that he is the most wanted person in the region. The unavoidable clash between languages, music styles, and mentalities is as fun, campy and unusual as it gets. Propaganda films in communist Romania were never this inventive. In English and Romanian, with English subtitles.
Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival, and Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, notes: “In 1984, when I went to Romania for the first time, I had the pleasure of seeing Dan Piŧa’s THE PROPHET, THE GOLD AND THE TRANSYLVANIANS. I knew already that Dan was a great admirer of westerns; I had no idea how sharply observed and hugely entertaining his own contribution to the genre would be. Subsequently, I was able to see the other installments of the “TRANSYLVANIAN” series, by Dan and Mircea Veroiu, and enjoyed them every bit as much. These Film Society screenings will be a rare opportunity to see–in beautiful new 35mm prints–these striking examples of “Red Westerns,” a genre that proved wildly popular with Romanian as well as other audiences in the former Soviet bloc.”
The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians (d. Dan Pita, 1979)
Fri, Nov 29, 9:30 PM, Walter Reade Theater. Introduced by Richard Peña
The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians (d. Mircea Veroiu, 1981)
Sat, Nov 30, 12:30 PM, Francesca Beale Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
The Baby, the Oil and the Transylvanians (d. Dan Pita, 1982)
Sat, Nov 30, 2:45 PM, Francesca Beale Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Make sure you take advantage of the Three or More Package!
The Transylvanians Trilogy is presented in the ” Creative Freedom through Cinema” special program about the relationship between arts and politics, inviting for this edition the Czech Republic and Slovakia to join in the conversation. Two landmark Czechoslovak films by Stefan Uher and Jiri Menzel are presented on Sunday, December 1, followed by a free panel about the use of film as a propaganda tool. This program is presented in partnership with the Romanian National Film Center, Czech Center New York and the Slovak Film Institute, with the leading support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
The Sun in a Net (d. Stefan Uher, 1962)
Sun, Dec 1, 1 PM, Francesca Beale Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Larks on a String (d. Jiri Menzel, 1969)
Sun, Dec 1, 3 PM, Francesca Beale Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
PANEL: Film And Propaganda FREE ADMISSION!
Sun, Dec 1, 5 PM, The Amphitheater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
The 8th edition of MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Romanian Film Initiative in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center and Transilvania International Film Festival, and numerous partners and supporters.
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