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date: 14 May 2021

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This article identifies visions of European identity articulated by the anticommunist propaganda broadcasts of Radio Free Europe Romania (RFER) in the 1980s and traces the way these visions influenced the audiovisual rhetoric of the Romanian cinema of the early 1990s. It examines how RFER listeners envisioned this identity in a context of inner exile and in opposition to the communist system and its legacy. The study presents the political profile of film directors of the 1990s who gave cinematic form to RFER anticommunism. Using the concept of “hauntology,” a psycho-ideological analysis of this cinematic output is provided, with a specific focus on one of the most appreciated films of the immediate post-1989 decade, the 1994 Pepe and Fifi (Dir. Dan Pița).

Keywords: 1990s Romanian cinema, Radio Free Europe Romania, RFER, anticommunist propaganda, European identity, transition to capitalism, hauntology

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