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    STUDIA DRAMATICA - Issue no. 1 / 2013  
         
  Article:   TRUTH THROUGH THE MEANING GLASS: TANACU IN LITERATURE, THEATRE AND FILM.

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  Abstract:   Art trying to find or to offer inner meaning to reality: this is the seemingly plain remark that encompasses the sum of literary, dramatic or cinematographic texts that attempt to conquer the intimate significations of one of the recent traumatic events of nowadays Romania: the so-called Tanacu exorcism. In the past years, journalists, writers, stage and film directors became interested in a novice nun’s death after a religious ritual meant to cast out the daemons. Therefore, few people thought that the very recent attempt to bring this subject to the screen by Cristian Mungiu would end up vexing, once again, the community interested in the subject. Nevertheless, part of the audience was moved by this new and very realistic interpretation of the events, up to almost the same level as those controversial actions substantiating the fact the “wounds” had not been burned. Where do the sparks of this emotional response lie? The following article tries to answer this question after analysing the interpretation of the real events contained by the most prominent texts that deal with the case, by means of literature, theatre and film, in the complex game of subjective readings. 

Keywords: non-fiction journalism, documentary theatre, adaptation, audience response, reality and cinema, exorcism, art and religion.
 
         
     
         
         
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