Liviu Ciulei

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Ciulei, Liviu


Born July 7, 1923, in Bucharest. Rumanian stage director, artist, and actor. Honored Artist of the Socialist Republic of Rumania (1958).

Ciulei graduated from the Architectural Institute and the Drama Conservatory in Bucharest in 1946. He began his stage career as a designer. He joined the Municipal Theater in Bucharest (since 1961, the L. Sturdza-Bulandra Theater) in 1948 as a designer and actor; he later became a stage director, and he headed the theater from 1962 to 1972. Ciulei has designed and played the leading roles in a number of his own productions. In 1958 he played V. I. Lenin in Pogodin’s Man With a Gun. His other roles have included Treplev in Chekhov’s The Seagull and Protasov in Gorky’s Children of the Sun. He has staged Nash’s The Rainmaker (1957), Gorky’s Children of the Sun (1960) and The Lower Depths (1975), and Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera (1964).

Ciulei began working in motion pictures in 1951. His films, which have proved highly significant for the development of Rumanian cinematography, include Eruption (1959), Waves of the Danube (1959; in Soviet release, The Turbulent River), and The Forest of the Hanged (based on the novel by L. Rebreanu; 1964).

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Romanian cinema first made an international impact in the 1960s with films such as Forest of the Hanged (Liviu Ciulei, 1964), Sunday at Six (Lucian Pintilie, 1965), Mornings of a Sensible Youth (Andrei Blaier, 1966), Meanders (Mircea Saucan, 1967), and Reconstruction (Lucian Pintilie, 1969).
The stark, off-center columned facade, designed by Liviu Ciulei, evoked the demons lurking behind the surface propriety of the Mannon mansion, and Ciulei's plain, well-appointed interiors suggested a nineteenth-century bourgeois household.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 1, 1997--Singapore Airlines has named Joel Ciulei its new manager public affairs.
As manager public affairs, Ciulei will have national responsibilities in directing the airline's public relations, media relations, crisis management, corporate communications and community affairs activities in North America.
I'm excited about this opportunity and look forward to the challenges ahead," said Ciulei, who brings with him more than 17 years of airline experience.
Exactly eight years separate The Mill of Good Luck / La moara cu noroc, Victor Iliu's 1956 film, from Liviu Ciulei's 1964 Forest of the Hanged/Padurea spanzuratilor, for which Ciulei received Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival a year later.