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 actors, this HBO show is far, far, far higher budget … Continue reading Umbre

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 IMF bankers, over in America, a soap opera about silly … Continue reading The Moldavian Wedding Massacre