Hotel DallasHD Closed Captioning
Livia Ungur & Sherng-Lee Huang
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About the Movie
The American soap opera "Dallas" becomes a hit in 1980s Romania, providing a rare window to the West for viewers living under a brutal communist regime. Among those watching are Ilie and his daughter Livia. He’s a small-time criminal who craves the lavish lifestyle he sees on TV; she’s in love with "Dallas" hunk Patrick Duffy. After communism falls, Ilie builds the Hotel Dallas, a replica of the show’s mansion. Livia, now a filmmaker, recruits Duffy to star in a bizarre Romanian version of “Dallas,” haunted by the ghosts of the country’s past. This surreal mix of fiction and documentary premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was hailed as a "wondrous work of art" by The Huffington Post.
Saw this at Hot Docs
This film has been making waves on the festival circuit all year, and it's great to finally see it here on iTunes. It's not quite a "documentary," not quite a "fiction" film—really, the style is very innovative and not what you'd expect, given the subject matter (which is somewhat similar to "Chuck Norris vs Communism"). A really crazy, experimental, fun film!
New York MoMA screening
I saw Hotel Dallas as part of MoMA's "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" series which is a good way to describe the movie. This is one of the most interesting and entertaining films I've seen all year. I can't accurately explain the film in words and can only say that I highly recommend it.