About the film
Why Are the Bells Ringing, Mitica?
Release Date: September 26, 1981
|Production Companies||:||Casa de Filme Unu, Casa de Filme Cinci|
|Writers||:||Lucian Pintilie, Ion Luca Caragiale|
Based on a theatrical text by Romanian writer Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912), who was a bitter and funny witness of the turn-of-the-20th-century Romanian bourgeois mores, Carnival Scenes manages to preserve and further enhance the slightly hysteric atmosphere of his plays. Pintilie creates a strange combination of carnival scenes which is brought to the screen as a burlesque, fast-paced, screwball comedy with a meditative undertone. This film was banned in Romania for a decade until the death of Ceausescu in 1989 and was only released after the 1989 revolution.