La revedere, Liviu Ciulei!

Marti, 25 Octombrie 2011
Regizorul Liviu Ciulei a murit in noaptea de luni spre marti, la varsta de 88 de ani, in Germania.

Liviu Ciulei era director onorific al Teatrului „Bulandra” si membru de onoare al Ordinului Arhitectilor. Cariera sa spectaculoasa include peste 20 de filme, la care a lucrat in calitate de regizor, actor sau scenarist, precum si numeroase spectacole de teatru.

Cel mai cunoscut film regizat de Ciulei este „Padurea Spanzuratilor”, in 1964, adaptare a romanului omonim scris de Liviu Rebreanu.

Liviu Ciulei a fost si profesor de teatru la doua universitati din America: Columbia University si New York University.

Cele mai importante distinctii obtinute de-a lungul timpului de marele regizor roman sunt premiul pentru regie la Festivalul de la Cannes din 1965, pentru „Padurea spanzuratilor”, Globul de Cristal, la Karlovy Vary, in 1969, pentru filmul „Valurile Dunarii”, Premiul UNITER, in 1996, Premiul de Excelenta UNITER, 2001, Premiul de Excelenta in cinematografia romana in 2002.


Liviu Ciulei, former Guthrie artistic director, dies

  • Article by: Rohan Preston , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 25, 2011

Former Guthrie artistic director Liviu Ciulei, May 1981.

Photo: Steve Schluter, Star Tribune

Longtime Guthrie Theater actor Ken Ruta remembers performing in „The Bacchae” in 1987 in Minneapolis under visionary Romanian director Liviu Ciulei.

„He wanted us to rehearse in full costumes from the outset, which meant that he rode the designers hard,” Ruta said Tuesday. „Liviu went through two costume designers and when we opened, the costumes were by one Liviu Ciulei. He was an exacting visionary with this artist’s eye. But the result was always visually compelling.”

Ciulei, a bold, inventive Romanian theater and film director who headed the Guthrie from 1980 to 1985, died Monday night at a hospital in Munich, Germany. He was 88.

On Tuesday, Romanian President Traian Basescu called Ciulei the most influential figure in Romanian theater and film. Ciulei belonged to an „elite generation,” he said, with an artistic vision that was „classic and modern, extremely clear and contemporary.”

„What do they say, a mighty oak has fallen,” said the Guthrie’s director of artistic relations, Sheila Livingston, who worked in education under Ciulei. „Liviu was a profound artist who saw the stage, acting and great texts as a way to create special worlds.”

Ciulei’s most memorable Guthrie production was „The Tempest,” his first as artistic director. The production’s signature design feature was a moat of blood in which the relics of civilization floated. New York Times critic Frank Rich called the staging „superb.”

The show had a cast of then-unknowns, including future Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy („Six Feet Under”) and four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines.

„Liviu’s many interests coalesced in the theater,” said Ruta, who played Prospero in that 1981 „Tempest” and was directed by Ciulei in other productions at the Guthrie, in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. „His parents wanted him to be an opera singer. He wanted to be a painter. He studied architecture in school. That’s why he could spend an hour showing an actor how to hold his finger just so, like he’d seen in a painting. Liviu was a total theater artist who created brilliant, stunning stage images.”

Born in Romania, Ciulei studied architecture and acting in Bucharest, its capital. He began his acting career in 1946 as Puck, in „A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and turned his hand to directing in 1957. He staged plays and operas across the globe, making his mark with a bold visual aesthetic and a politically charged approach to directing.

„All those Eastern European directors who made a splash because their way was so different from the British way – he was the leader and mentor of all of them,” said Ruta, pointing to renowned provocateur Andrei Serban as one example.

At the Guthrie, he redesigned the original thrust stage, allowing it to be used in a variety of ways. He also expanded the repertoire, where his own productions included a stage adaptation of William Faulkner’s „Requiem for a Nun,” Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s „Threepenny Opera” and a two-part „Peer Gynt.” Ciulei’s leadership brought the theater renewed national recognition, including a regional Tony Award.

Ciulei, who taught at Columbia and New York universities after leaving the Guthrie, also directed or acted in more than 20 films. He won the Palme d’Or, the top award at the Cannes Film Festival, in 1965 for the „The Forest of the Hanged.”

His survivors include his wife, drama critic Helga Reiter-Ciulei, and filmmaker son Thomas Ciulei.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


~ de AlinaT pe 25/10/2011.

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