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For Thousands Of Romanians Under Communism, This Woman Was The Voice Of Hollywood
February 18, 2014
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Under Nicolae Ceaușescu's communist regime, Romania was a place of extreme censorship. Nothing was broadcast that might glorify life in the West — and that included almost all American movies that showed people living in nice apartments, driving fancy cars or eating large meals. In 1985, Irina Margareta Nistor, a translator at the national television station, met an entrepreneur who wanted to distribute illegal VHS copies of Western films. Over the next decade, she dubbed all of them — more than 3,000 in total, mostly Hollywood B-movie action flicks — doing every character herself, including the voices of stars like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Her characteristic delivery became known to the thousands of Romanians who could get their hands on these tapes, becoming the voice of escapism and anti-totalitarianism. Yesterday, the New York Times released a short documentary about Nistor's remarkable accomplishment, revealing her face to thousands of people who only knew her by her distinctive voice. It's an incredible story, worth watching in full in the video above. 


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