The Americans are coming!? Postcommunist reconfigurations of the US in California Dreamin' (Endless)

Ioana Luca*

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My article focuses on the film California Dreamin' (Endless) in order to examine the way the movie problematizes and brings in dialogue contemporary overlapping and contradictory Romanian ideologies in relation to the US. By taking the movie as a lens for the Romanian context, my paper analyzes how the US is signified and decoded in the aftermath of communism in Romania. I discuss how the movie envisions a continuous questioning and interrogation of the precommunist past and the postcommunist present upon which images, perceptions, fictions, and appropriations of America are predicated in the post-1989 Romanian context. My argument is that by mapping the overlapping terrain of the foreign and the domestic past and present, the film critically reconfigures the space between the US and one of its main supporters in the New Europe. It explores axes of local, national, and international interests, pointing to the contradictory, ambiguous sociocultural representations that accrue to America as it is caught up in itineraries and mis/translations across a Second World site. I contend that the dialogic examination Romania-US that the movie successfully achieves can become an ideal model for approaching the US in the Eastern European space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-837
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of American Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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