The First Movie Ever Made

Last week the 15th annual TIFF film festival kicked off in my old hometown of Cluj-Napoca. It reminded me of a story that I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. If you ask a film buff or historian of motion pictures about the world’s oldest movie, they’ll probably mention names like Thomas Edison, the…

Rusty Broken Pot, Meet Kettle

Sometimes it truly is amazing how serendipitous the Unsleeping Eye is. Just a few days after writing Pot Calling Kettle about how Romania is planning on spending untold millions of Euros to broadcast Russian-language propaganda into Moldova, I came across this: The EBU’s Director General, Ingrid Deltenre, has written to Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş…

Romania’s Best High Plains Comedy

All the grand poobahs of the film world continue to heap praise on the film Aferim: It’s post-medieval (early 1800s, actually) Wallachia, and the two chatty riders we meet are mercenary “constables” traversing a peasant landscape of plague, frontier justice, and gypsy slaves. Haven’t seen it myself but honestly, it sounds terrible. In the past…