Andrei GORZO, Veronica LAZĂR
National University of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale”, Bucharest; University of Bucharest
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A Slight Unease About Capitalism: Radu Jude’s The Happiest Girl in the World and the New Romanian Cinema
Abstract: The article discusses the aesthetics and the politics of the so-called New Romanian Cinema (a major post-2005 sensation on the international art-cinema circuit), succintly assessing its novelty in both a national and an international cinematic context. It then proceeds to discuss Radu Jude’s debut feature, The Happiest Girl in the World (2009), as a NRC film, typical in some ways, atypical in others. The paper highlights the film’s critique of advertising and the nuclear family.
Keywords: Radu Jude, New Romanian Cinema, post-communism, capitalism, advertising, the nuclear family, Cristi Puiu, Lucian Pintilie.
Citation suggestion: Gorzo, Andrei, and Veronica Lazăr. “A Slight Unease About Capitalism: Radu Jude’s The Happiest Girl in the World and the New Romanian Cinema.” Transilvania, no. 4 (2022): 01-14.