Andrei GORZO, Veronica LAZĂR
National University of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale,” Bucharest; University of Bucharest
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Abstract: The article offers an in-depth analysis of Radu Jude’s 2015 film Aferim!. It considers the film as a revisionist take on the Romanian tradition of historical cinema. It discusses Aferim!’s originality as a depiction of the origins of contemporary Romanian anti-Roma racism. It analyzes Jude’s artistic strategies—for instance, his lavish and playful deployment of literary and cinematic quotation. The paper also addresses the film’s reception in Romania. It goes on to discuss two stage productions in which Jude has further explored issues of racism.
Keywords: Radu Jude, New Romanian Cinema, Aferim!, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, The Controversy of Valladolid, anti-Roma racism, slavery, historical films.
Citation suggestion: Gorzo, Andrei, and Veronica Lazăr. “‘…and Gypsies get many a beating…’: On the Significance of Radu Jude’s Aferim!.” Transilvania, no. 6-7 (2022): 1-11..