Andrei Gorzo is an associate professor of film studies at the National University of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest; he currently heads the Film Studies and Screenwriting Department of the UNATC. A cinephile critic as well as a scholar, he is the author of four books in Romanian, including the first study of the New Romanian Cinema (published in 2012). Outside Romania, his work has appeared in publications including Film Criticism and Cahiers du cinéma. His research interests include the aesthetics of the long take, the thought of André Bazin, Cold War cinema, and the life and writings of Graham Greene. He is currently working on a book in English (co-authored with Veronica Lazăr) on contemporary Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude.
Like Assayas’s Carlos, Ujică’s Autobiography mostly remains an investigation of a public figure in its public functions. And both films subtly decenter their Big Man of History protagonists. Both document[…]