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Sergiu Nicolaescu (1930-2013)
 
Director
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Country: Romania
Born: 13 April 1930
Died: 3 January 2013
 
 
 
 
   
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Sergiu Nicolaescu was born on the 13th of April 1930, in Targu-Jiu, Romania. In his childhood, he spent a lot of time at the cinema. He was inspired by the films he saw 2 or 3 times, and he played "war" or "mystery" games with 30 fellow kids in the suburbs of his native town. After finishing high school, Nicolaescu was accepted by three colleges. He finally attended the Romanian Marine Corps. His father was an engineer, he worked for King Michael. Therefore, after the King"s abdication in 1947, his father was arrested. Nicolaescu entered the realm of cinematography by chance. A friend offered him a job in the Bucharest Studios of that time. He didn"t expect a career in directing, but his short poetic movie called Memoria Trandafirului earned some attention at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. In 1967,Dacii (1967) became the first Romanian hit-movie in Western Europe. Subsequently, Nicolaescu was internationally appreciated as a worthwhile historical films director. He had the privilege to work in France, Germany and other countries on several projects in the seventies and eighties. He directed Mihai Viteazul (1971) and Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte (1972), two of the best Romanian movies ever. He also was responsible for such indigenous blockbusters as Nemuritorii (1976),Cu mîinile curate (1974),Noi, cei din linia întîi (1985) and Mircea (1989). Nea Marin miliardar (1979) is his only comedy to date. After the Romanian Revolution (1989), Nicolaescu became a political figure, but he continued to direct movies. Without the assistance of the military, he couldn"t complete as many epics as he did back in the Communist era. Oglinda (1993) and Triunghiul mortii (1999) were well-received at the box-office. A "Steven Spielberg of the Romanian cinema", Nicolaescu is a self-taught technician and, sometimes, an artist who approached various genres and themes. Indeed, most of his films have an evident commercial tinge, but despite new voices that question his talent, ethics or even his professionalism, Sergiu is still appreciated by most of the Romanian moviegoers.

He played a key role in the Romanian revolution and launched himself afterwards in a political career. He was a Senator until December 2012 when he retired from politics. He also published five books about the Romanian revolution. His final film, The Last Corrupted Man in Romania (Ultimul corupt din România) was in 8th place on the local admission charts with 13,195 tickets sold in 2012. Poker was in the second position on the local admissions 2010 with 24,234 tickets, and The Surviver (Supravieţuitorul) was the most popular local film of 2008 with 26,772 admissions.
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Wolf (2013)
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The Last Corrupted Man In Romania (2012)
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Poker (2010)
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Carol I (2009)
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The Survivor (2008)
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Uncle Marin, the Billionaire (1979)
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A Police Inspector Calls (1974)
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Michael the Brave (1971)
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