Traditions (1967) [Short]

Romania (MIFF 1969 , Programme 14)
Director: Jean Petrovici

New Year in the villages of the Moldavian region of Rumania is a festival on which the Christian tradition has made little impact. The pagan world survives apparently unalloyed, with Dionysian masks and merry-makings, a dance of little horses evoking the races at the Roman hippodromes on the third day of the calends of Janus, and a goat dance in which there are still traces of the Horned God of palaeolithic cave life. A remarkable ethnographic document, enlivened with folklore in the form of traditional New Year rhymed greetings.

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