Iconic actor Gheorghe Dinica was buried with military honours on Friday, at Bellu cemetery on the Artists’ Alley, in the ovations of his admirers.
Tens of wreaths of flowers, hundreds of people, known artists of the Romanian theater and film, weapon firing and many cameras which tried to catch a last glimpse of the body of one of the greatest Romanian actors, all these were the setting of the last show of Gheorghe Dinica. The actor was applauded also at the National Theater from Bucharest (TNB), where the coffin with the body of the actor was laid on Friday morning, and wherefrom the funeral procession left towards Bellu cemetery, by 14.00 h.
All those who were on the National Theatre esplanade applauded for long minutes when the coffin with the actor’s body was taken out of TNB foyer. At 13.00 h., several priests from Icoanei Church from Bucharest performed, at TNB, the religious service, which was attended by the family of the actor, close friends, actors, the honorary president of PSD, Ion Iliescu, the minister of culture and national patrimony, Theodor Paleologu.
Actors Ion Caramitru, Marin Moraru, and the acting professor Ion Tobosaru, and director David Esrig delivered short speeches after the religious service from TNB. “I witnessed a phenomenon that I had not expected, the impoverishment of the Romanian language. The media tried to find the most appropriate words and to close between covers an unequalled career. Let’s remember how important the Romanian theatre was in time of distress. Dinica belongs to this exceptional family of persons who carried hope. The heritage left by Dinica is his work. A cycle finishes with him, and another one begins. We are not carrying now an ordinary man to the cemetery, we are carrying a genius,” Ion Caramitru, director of TBN, said in his speech.
Marin Moraru also spoke about the importance of Gheorghe Dinica in the history of the Romanian theatre, remembering the time when they both were students. “Now he has chosen the infinite, he will be received by friends . We are all made of the same stuff as the dreams. Goodnight, Gigi Dinica! We shall keep you as a sweet memory,” Marin Moraru said, reminding also other great actors of the Romanian stage who have died recently.