Skip to main content

A GLASS OF BEER

Hungary, 1956 (MIFF 1958, Programme 39)

Director: Felix Mariassy

Felix Mariassy, whose first film Springtime in Budapest painted a grim picture of a war-torn city, here creates a charming and vivacious love story. Scripted by his wife Judith, the film describes how a young national service man, returning on leave, finds that his girl friend has partially forgotten him and is leading a shallow life of dubious pleasure.

The influences of Italian neo-realism are discernible in the way in which Budapest itself is made to play an active part in the story — in this case, a city full of sunshine and eager pleasure-seeking youth. Although his social observation is acute, it is Mariassy's portrait of the two lovers which gives the film its special appeal; and Eva Ruttkey's playing of Julika has a sureness of feeling and irrcsis table blend of gaiety and flightiness, which makes her one of the most promising actresses to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years.

See also...

Conquering the World's Highest Peak

Jolma Lungma, the highest peak of the Himalaya Mountains and the highest point on earth, is known as the world's "Third Pole". This film describes how a group of Chinese mountaineers undertook ... More »

Michel Pellus

In 1977, Michel Pellus was released from prison after serving six years of a fourteen year sentence for trafficking in narcotics. While behind bars, Michel turned to painting as an escape from the ... More »

Feldberg Fantasia

A fantasia for camera and orchestra in three movements: set in the natural beauty of the Feldberg Lake area of East Germany. ... More »

AUTUMN MARATHON

Autumn Marathon tells of a gentle-souled English translator in Leningrad who can't keep his private affairs apart from his duties - that is, he has a mistress on the side and a wife he loves. In ... More »

Syrinx

In simple classic style - charcoal drawings on white paper - the film tells the story of how the goat-god Pan fashioned a flute from river reeds. ... More »

HUNGARY AFLAME

The film is a compilation of newsreel material, first covering briefly the past history of Hungary. then giving in detail the uprising of October. 1956, ending with the Russian troops crushing the ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director