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Liviu Ciulei


  • Director, Actor, Art director
  • Born: 07.07.1923 in Bucharest
  • Died: 10.24.2011 in München (Germany)
Graduate of the Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bucharest (class of 1946), and of the Architecture Institute (class of 1949). He made his debut as an actor in 1945 at the Small Theatre. Though in the early '50 he makes his debut in film as an actor and production designer, and then as a director, the theatre remains his main preoccupation and vocation. He made his debut as a stage director with the play “The Rainmaker” written by Richard Nash, at the Municipal Theatre (Bulandra Theatre) in 1957. He was the artistic director of the Bulandra Theatre between 1963 and 1974, when he was removed after the communist censorship banned the performance of “The Government Inspector” written by Nikolai Gogol and directed by Lucian Pintilie. In 1974 he made his American debut at the Arena Stage in Washington. He lves Romania in 1980 and from 1986 he taught directing at Columbia University, then acting at the New York University in New York. He became an Honorary Member of the Romanian Order of Architects in 2006.
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Known for:

1975

1964

1959

1957

Festivals / Awards

  • 1960
Karlovy Vary The Waves of the Danube "Crystal Globe" Award
  • 1965
Cannes The Forest of the Hanged Best Director
  • 1965
Mamaia The Forest of the Hanged Grand Prize "White Pelican"
  • 2010
TIFF Award of Excellence

Filmography

Director

O scrisoare pierdută (film tv)

1977

Macbett (film tv)

1973

The Forest of the Hanged

1964

The Waves of the Danube

1959

The Eruption

1957

The Mill of Good Luck

second unit director

1956

Actor

The Phalanstery

Dinicu Golescu

1978

The Romanian Musketeer

Leibnitz

1975

The Mastodon

Vogoride

1975

August in Flames

Ionescu - Tismana

1973

Fog

Comisarul şef

1973

Love Begins on Friday

Dobrescu

1972

Taking Off

Barcan

1971

The Making of the World

Manicatide

1970

The Forest of the Hanged

Klapka

1964

The Sky Has No Bars

Bercescu

1962

Soldiers without Uniform

Bogdan

1960

The Waves of the Danube

Mihai

1959

Alarm in the Mountains

Spion

1955

The Sun Rises

Bulldogul

1954

The Bugler’s Grandsons

Bulldogul

1953

Our Village

Dumitru

1950

Art designer

O scrisoare pierdută (film tv)

1977

Macbett (film tv)

1973

The Making of the World

1970

The Storm Bird

1956

The Sun Rises

1954

The Bugler’s Grandsons

costume designer

1953

Mitrea Cocor

1952