Synopsis

Based on Ion Creanga’s book, the story of a child from his childhood to his manhood.

Memories of my childhood (1965) - by Elisabeta Bostan - adventure movie online on CINEPUB

Directed by: Elisabeta Bostan
Script: Elisabeta Bostan, Ion Creangă (novel)
Cast: Ștefan Ciubotărașu, Ion Bocancea, Corina Constantinescu, Emanoil Petruț, Nicolae Veniaș, Eliza Petrăchescu, Zoe Anghel Stanca, Mircea Constantinescu, Costache Sava, Alexandru Azoiței, Ion Henter, Mihai Mereuță, Maria Cupcea, Nunuța Hodoș
Producers: Gheorghe Löwe
Cinematography by: Iulius Druckmann
Edited by: Yolanda Mîntulescu, Dan Naum
Sound: Oscar Coman
Music: Valentin Gheorghie
Year: 1965
Category: Feature film
Genre: Adventure
Duration: 72 minutes

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PLOT SUMMARY

By adapting the stories compiled by Ion Creangă under the famous title ‘Memories from Childhood,’ Elisabeta Bostan brings to the screen the most wonderful pages of Romanian children’s literature. On Christmas Eve, in his small house in the Țicău neighborhood of Iași, Ion Creangă, portrayed by the great actor Ștefan Ciubotărașu, nostalgically remembers his childhood spent in his native village Humulești, the mischief and adventures attributed in the book to the character Nică a lui Ștefan a Petrei. The boy’s performer, Ion Bocancea, shapes the character with captivating naturalness and candor. With his pranks and mischiefs, Nică attracted all the troubles of the world, always getting into the biggest scrapes, which he had to resolve himself.

AWARDS

  • Grand Prize ‘Osso Pardo Asturiano’ and the Special Jury Prize at the International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Gijón, Spain – 1965
  • Special Jury Prize at the International Film Festival in La Plata, Argentina – 1965

TRIVIA

  • Ion Bocancea played the role of Nică al lui Ștefan a Petrei in the 1965 film ‘The Oak Cuckoo’ as well.
  • The film is loosely based on Romanian author Ion Creanga’s autobiographical book “Memories of my childhood” written between 1881-1889 and wholly published in 1892.
  • In a 2019 interview, Ion Bocancea recalled the tests to get his role in the movie and in particular the one for the nude bath scene. “There were all kinds of tests: photo, filming rehearsals, but the most difficult was the one in which we had to undress for the scene in ‘Taking a bath’. This test was held at the Village Museum and it was full of people there, people were looking at us like a circus. We had to strip down to our bare skin and make a route with thorns, fences, and obstacles. We were told that after we undressed, we would find the clothes at the end of the trail. No one wanted to undress, but I told myself that no one would know me anyway. I came out first, but there were other tests where I was first. I had horse riding and swimming tests, all kinds of sports tests“, said Bocancea.

ARTICLES

  • Elisabeta Bostan – awarded at Gopo for the entire activity – 2009 – cinemagia.ro
  • How was the child who played Nica in “Memories of my childhood” chosen? It was his only film – 2024 – EDUARD NICULESCU – newsweek.ro

This premiere is part of a national archive project supported by the Romanian National Film Centre.
Special thanks goes to the Romanian Filmmakers Union and to the Romanian Film Archive.

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