There are moments of strong political and social crisis when terror and collective enthusiasm revive ancient symbols and myths. This study, based upon the images of the Romanian revolution from the Romanian Television archives, is an anthropological approach to the events of the 1989 Romanian Revolution, and it follows two directions of research: the revolution as lived on the streets, and the televised revolution, or tele-revolution. We have analysed here how the political myths of the terrorists and of the saviour were inextricably constructed through the television broadcast in order to legitimate the new political power of the revolution. We assume that their symbolic effectiveness was crucial for the highly dramatic fate of the Romanian revolution.