“Nea Marin Miliardar” is, without a doubt, one of the most famous Romanian films of all time, just as Irina Margareta Nistor is, in turn, associated with the films of yesteryear, she ensuring the voice of many translations of ancient times. .
“Nea Marin Billionaire” was “launched” on February 5, 1979, directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu (obviously) and made after a script set up by Vintilă Corbul, Eugen Burada and Amza Pellea, the actor who had, by the way , to play the lead role in the film.
The film became so popular that 14.6 million Romanians chose to go to the cinema and pay a ticket to see Amza Pellea giving life to the nice Nea Marin.
The cast of this film also included other well-known actors of the moment such as Stela Popescu, Draga Olteanu Matei, Vasilica Tastaman, Puiu Călinescu, Jean Constantin, Ștefan Bănică, Ștefan Mihăilescu Brăila, Sebastian Papaiani, Mircea Albulescu, but also others.
Irina Margareta Nistor talks about the role of Amza Pellea in the production of this successful Romanian film
According to the statements of Irina Margareta Nistor, Amza Pellea would have really wanted to get out of the sphere of propaganda films, specific to that period of difficult political ordeal. “He wanted to do something other than historical or propaganda films. And this is how this film was born, which also came against the background of the fact that the actors in the cast were very well known from the television sketches or from the series of films with the Miscellaneous Brigade that also made those public outbursts “, he declared, exclusively for impact. ro, Irina Margareta Nistor.
Moreover, she suggests, the emphasis would have been on “Americanism”, precisely to remove the film from the communist style of the time. “Let’s remember that Puiu Călinescu, who plays the role of the detective, successfully imitated the famous Colombo. And one of the characters played by Amza Pellea in the film is the role of an American tycoon, who for the average Romanian was embodied by the famous JR from the equally famous Dallas series. In addition, Stela Popescu embodied the Hollywood vampire model very well “, added Irina Margareta Nistor, for the aforementioned publication, also saying that” In my opinion, the difference was made primarily by the actors in the cast. Forty years ago, maybe even more, the actors wanted the audience to love them. Those of now, less! ”
“We started filming a bit late, in September, in Mamaia. There were more foreign tourists than Romanians at that time, in September, on our coast. I remember I managed, I don’t know how, to have some problems with my spine. So I had a few days of filming about the stretcher. I was helping myself, supported by the stretcher, so that I could watch the filmed scenes while standing “, she later said.