IF I WERE THE WHITE MOOR (Ion Popescu-Gopo, 1965)

Ion Popescu-Gopo, Romania’s premier maker of animated films, tried his hand at a live-action feature, and it proved to be a winning hand. De-aş fi Harap Alb is loosely based on a Romanian folk legend—the film’s postmodernism underscores the “loosely”—that achieved a classic retelling by nineteenth-century Moldavian-born author Ion Creangă. The story’s title, “Harap Alb,” […]