For the People

As far as I am aware, this is the first time in history that Transnistria has ever appeared on a fictional TV program or movie (in English).

Umbre

Even though I’ve had a TV and Film category on the blog for more than five years, there’s a pretty good reason why there aren’t many entries. Simply put, most Romanian-language TV and movies are pretty bad. That’s why I was quite excited when I heard about Umbre (Shadows). Filmed in Romania with real Romanian…

Spyder, Spyder, Burning Bright

Here’s a question for you – What if an international film star traveled to Romania to shoot a movie and nobody cared? Well, of course, that’s exactly what happened last week. As far as I can tell, the entirety of the vaunted Romanian press paid zero attention to the fact that a scene for a…

Comrade Detective

I heard about this a few months ago, but I was hoping it was just standard Hollywood talk (i.e. bullshit) and would never come to pass. Unfortunately, I was wrong as the trailer has now been released. I suppose the “good news” is that they hired a couple real Romanian actors to add some “authenticity”….

The Moldavian Wedding Massacre

My friend Matt recently published an excellent primer on weddings in Romania (and Moldova), and it reminded me of one of the weirdest episodes of television ever broadcast in the United States. Way back in 1985, at a time when Romanians were suffering from severe energy and food shortages in an effort to pay back…