Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ceauşescu's Last Tape

There's something astounding to seeing a system of government collapse in the image of a man's face. You don't even need the hissing and yelling of the crowd, just Ceauşescu as he looks out (but doesn't seem to quite see) the crowd at Revolution Square and the way the camera shivers as men begin running behind him, preparing an escape. Four days later he was dead.


André Dias said...
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André Dias said...

Ceauşescu was telling the demonstrators to behave themselves... All this and a lot more can be seen (and analyzed) in Harun Farocki’s fantastic VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION (1992)

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said...

I've never seen Videograms of Revolution -- which is odd, since it's not a hard Farocki to get and there was a period when I gobbled up every one of his movies that I could find. Thank you for reminding me that I should check it out.