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Well-known film director Sergiu Nicolaescu passed away on Thursday, January 3, aged 82, at the Elias Hospital in Bucharest. Nicolaescu had been hospitalised on December 26, being later operated for peritonitis. Doctors were reserved, however optimistic after the surgical intervention.
“The surgical intervention went without incidents, the patient being transferred to the post-op ward,” a release from the medical staff informed at the end of December.
One week before being hospitalized, Nicolaescu fell down while heading for his garage and had fractured several ribs.
At the end of the parliamentary session, Senator Sergiu Nicolaescu has had an emotional message for his colleagues: “I want to thank you for the wonderful four years together. I don’t have much to live and I’ve always wanted to finish things in my professional field, that’s why I didn’t take part to the elections. I want to tell you the sincerest ‘goodbye’ and also ‘A Happy New Year,” Nicolaescu said while addressing the senators.
Nicolaescu was elected MP for the first time in 1990 on the National Salvation Front’s lists (FSN). The latest legislature was his fifth mandate as social-democrat.
Film director, script writer, actor and film producer, Sergiu Nicolaescu had also taken part to the 1989 revolution.
Nicolaescu’s filmography includes more than fifty movies: “Atunci i-am condamnat pe toţi la moarte” (1971), “Cu mainile curate” (1972), “Osanda” (1976), “Ultima noapte de dragoste”, “Nea Marin miliardar” (1979), “Ciuleandra” (1985), “Mircea” (1989), “Coroana de foc” (1990), “Triunghiul mortii” (1999), “Orient Express” (2004), “15″ (2005), “Supravietuitorul” (2008).
“Orient Express” had been the most watched Romanian premiere movie, while ‘Mihai Viteazul’ (Michael the Brave) – featuring actor Amza Pellea – is considered his reference work.