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The Endless Shore (1962)

Ţărmul n-are sfârşit (1962)

73 min. - Psychological Film - AG - 1992


Synopsis: Set in the 60s, the film depicts the meeting at the Black Sea seaside between between two young people, a Romanian soldier on leave and a Russian tourist in search of her father who had died during the war. 

Director: Mircea Săucan

Writer: Watzlaw Stukas, Mircea Săucan

Stars: Marina Voica, Eugen Popiţă


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Produced By

Bucharest Film Studio

Production info

Regular screen width, black and white, 2005 meters.

Distributors

Direcţia Difuzării Filmelor / State Centre for Film Distribution

Trivia

  • The film was banned in 1963 on charges of formalism.
  • “After 1989 the film was screened for the audience, most of the times as part if festival line-ups and cinématheque programmes and it is regarded as one of the most interesting experiments of 60s Romanian cinema in tune with the French Nouvelle Vague.” (Bujor T. Rîpeanu „Filmat în România”)
  • The film has its worldwide premiere in 1992 in Israel. 
Director about shootings:
„It was then that I discovered the joy of playing around without a purpose, for its own sake and with serenity as is the case with children at play.”
 
George Littera about the film:
“The aim of the one of a kind and ambitious film The Endless Shore is, above all else, the epic development. The director brutally unweaves the traditional narration, and delivers, instead, the typical «storyless film» in tune with the experiments happening worldwide in the 60s. Purposefully basic and displaying sketched out characters by metaphoric means, the «story» (namely, the random meeting between a boy and a girl at the seaside and their short love affair) is but the pretext of a poem – as delicate as the breeze –dedicated to ineffable states of spirit, the simple frame for philosophical reflection. Here Săucan exalts the demiurgic powers of love, of play, of the radiant unleashing of the imagination: they recreate the world, reinstate the primordial purity and make everything fall under the sign of euphoria.” („Noul Cinema”, 1993)

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