Men from Romania is a new documentary film by journalist and filmmaker David Simon. David Simon lives and works out of New York City. He has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a PEN/Faulkner Award. He is the author of books including The Corner and The Corner: New York City in the 1960s.
Yes, well, I’m not sure I’ve heard of this yet. The film tells the story of how Simon, then working for the New York Review of Books, traveled to Romania in the 1970s to write about his experiences living in a communist society. While living in Romania, Simon interviewed many of the most famous Romanian writers, but one particular man who caught Simon’s attention was the late philosopher, Victor Tulcea.
The film is not a documentary in the traditional sense, so Simons interviews a lot of experts on his own time, but the most important thing is that Simon gets to see the work of these great minds. And it’s a real privilege.
The film explores the philosophical ideas of two of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, Victor Tulcea and the late philosopher, philosopher, and former leader of the Romanian Communist Party, Nicolae Ceausescu. Simon’s trip to Romania took him through the Eastern Kingdom, the early days of the Romanian Communist Party, and the final years of the Communist regime. The film opens with the interview of Tulcea, one of Romania’s most influential philosophers.
Tulcea and Ceausescu’s ideas about why communism works in the East and the West are interesting to say the least. The Eastern Kingdom had no tradition of philosophy until Victor Tulcea came to power in the 1920s. His philosophy was heavily influenced by his time in the Romanian Revolution of 1917, as well as the ideas of the philosopher, philosopher, and former leader of the Romanian Communist Party, Nicolae Ceausescu.
As we all know, Ceausescu was a man who wanted to “destroy” all the ideas of the Western world. He killed all his ideas and philosophy before being executed by an infamous Romanian executioner after he had been deposed. As Tulcea tells us in his interview, he was an early proponent of communism. Though his ideas were originally influenced by the Romanovs, they were later influenced by Stalin, Mao, and many others.
Men from Romania has a pretty strong narrative throughout the game, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on a demo earlier this week. We went through several levels of the game and got a real sense of the story. It’s a somewhat interesting tale of how the world of Romania was turned upside down after the fall of communism, and how the new country was born.
The story is told through the player’s perspective and also from the point of view of a small group of “Romanians” that are part of the game’s cast. Each character is a character from the country, or from one of the other nations that were once part of the Soviet Union. The reason for choosing this perspective is to get a better sense of the game’s world.
The game is set during the Cold War, and is about the Romanians’ fight for freedom against the Soviets. The story is about an ordinary Roman citizen named Dima who wakes up in the middle of the night to a very strange man in a strange car. It’s implied that Dima is the leader of Romanians living in America (and is a bit racist), and was the person who orchestrated the fall of communism.