Glissando by Mircea Daneliuc - CINEPUB

When communism is the new fascism

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„Mircea Daneliuc’s film is one of the most powerful projections of the individual, trapped in the whirl of history. He is a memorable character of the European cinema.” (Titus Vîjeu). Selected at the 1985 Mostra di Venezia, having received positive reviews in the Italian press of the time („L’Arena”, „Carlino”, „Corriere della sera”, „Nazione”, „Paese sera” and „Il Tempo”), starring one of the best Romanian actors of all times – Ștefan Iordache – Glissando was considered to be “a real masterpiece of ambiguity, which can support several layers of interpretation”(„Carlino”).

Glissando by Mircea Daneliuc - CINEPUB

Director: Mircea Daneliuc
Scriptwriter: Mircea Daneliuc by the short story “The Man from a Dream” by Cezar Petrescu
Cast: Ștefan Iordache, Tora Vasilescu, Petre Simionescu, Ion Fiscuțeanu, Constantin Dinulescu, Camelia Zorlescu
Produced by: Silvia Kerim (delegate producer)
Cinematography by: Călin Ghibu
Film editing by: Maria Neagu
Year: 1982
Category: feature film
Genre: drama
Duration: 159 minutes
Subtitles: English

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A well-educated young man has spent all his money in gambling and he is now spending his days in the neurotic atmosphere of casinos and fleeting love affairs, an ignorant accomplice to his own disaster. Fallen into an exhausting spleen, pray of hallucinations that blur the limit between reality and dream, Theodorescu is obsessed with both a portrait that holds a surprising resemblance to his mother and the dreams that show the woman in the painting and a mysterious character, the messenger of his own destiny and, paradoxically, his own existential reference.

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„Glissando” is a Romanian film produced during Ceașescu’s dictatorship, a spearhead in director Mircea Daneliuc’s battle with censorship. A film with the inter-war decadent sets, with a character that has lost his fortune gambling and has an unsettled emotional life, „Glissando” seems to be sending a message about the possible resurrection of fascism, while it is actually launches a subtle warning message against communism.

In answer to the tough censorship, Daneliuc handed in his party membership card during a meeting at Buftea studios. With its crepuscular atmosphere, with the almost intangible slips between dream and reality – both dominated by the existence of a mysterious female portrait – with a symbolism connected to water and naked bodies, poetic, at almost all its levels, “Glissando” remains one of those Romanian films with an atypical aesthetics, a very interesting feature film even after 35 years after its premiere.

A cinematic document, a production that is almost self-sufficient.


“Thus, in Glissando we notice a different Daneliuc. Long frames, of a plastic refinement, the «Oblomovian» atmosphere of a marginal, vicious and crepuscular inter-war world, of an «sliding» era, caught in the fascist agony and violence, in which the human being gets suffocated and degraded, contribute to the making of a reference film.” (Grid Modorcea – )


“Mr. Theodorescu… Mr. Theodorescu…Mrs. Agatha is in hospital. She’s cut her veins.”
“Forget about grammar, you’d better talk. Mr.Theororescu has been to Paris a hundred times. He knows Paris perfectly.”
“Real cheaters are very rare. Napoleon, Rasputin, Caesar, Baudelaire… ”
“Miss Nina, I’ll tell you confidentially, someone rescues me in my dream, a providential character.”


  • Mostra di Venezia – 1985, Italy



  • “Golden Lion”, Venice Film Festival – Italy, 1985


  • Grand Prize, Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Actor (Ştefan Iordache), ACIN – 1984, Romania

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