Indian Director Freezing His Nuts Off in Romania

My Twitter feed has been exploding lately as a popular director named Vikhram Bhatt has been howling about winter while shooting on location near Sinaia: [Bhatt] is all praise for the local crew who are hospitable and helpful, teaching their `brave’ Indian counterparts how to survive the Transylvania winter. “They are telling us what food…

The Experimenter

Over the Christmas holidays, I watched the movie The Experimenter, a quasi-semi-sorta-documentary about Stanley Milgram. The film was rather quirky and dry, but it did mention that Milgram was half Romanian, and there’s a scene about halfway through where an actor with a thick (fake) accent talks about the (real) atrocities that the Iron Guard…

NYT reviews ‘The Treasure’

Wow, another dark and depressing film about Romania’s past? Gee, what a shocker! “The Treasure” is [Costi’s] fourth feature — take place in the thoroughly disenchanted world of post-Communist Romania, and the attention he pays to that world is measured and meticulous. He favors extended takes, medium- to long-range shots and minimal camera movements. Rather…