Skip to main content


Hungary, 1957 (MIFF 1959, Programme 14)

Director: G. Revesz

On the New Year's Eve of 1956, prior to executing their plan of action, an artist couple, actor and ballerina, are burning old pictures. The memories of their love story are evoked &ndash: a tense and passionate love, endangered by the October revolution which broke out during their honeymoon at Lake Balaton, Hungary. With the decision already behind them, they relive the hope and hysteria, the arguments for and against leaving the country, and that moment of crisis becomes vital once more. Framing this emotional conflict is lovely Budapest, dream city of many pre-war travellers &ndash: which was their home and the background to their love and success. Starring Eva Ruttkay, and her real-life husband Miklos Gabor, At Midnight is based on an actual incident (in fact the true Viki is rumoured to be in Australia).

Some neat visual and aural transitions, careful planning, and a breathtaking tempo distinguish this film &ndash: perhaps at the expense of characterization and analysis, but catching the atmosphere of "now or never", and the high-pressure style of living in European art circles. Most remarkable, however, is an almost completely detached observation of that period of chaos and frenzy; of the indecision, expediency, and temporizing which followed the crushing of the revolution, when moral and political re-evaluations became the order of the day.

See also...


Set In a remote grange on the Great Hungarian Plain. this lyrical film-poem sketches the hardship and poverty of peasant life through a simple triangle story of a girl farmworkerr a young man and the ... More »

Inland with McDouall Stuart

Part 1 is a historical record of Stuart's jour¬neys using sketches and animated maps. Part 2 is entitled "The Northern Territory Today" and is a study of aspects of modern development in the ... More »


Depicting the search for the Blue Fin Tuna off the south-eastern section of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, the film shows the pole line method recently introduced into Australia for catching this ... More »

This Game of Bowls

The film shows the beginnings of bowls up to present day greens with champions showing their various styles and finer points of the game. The latest bowling greens throughout Australia are shown. ... More »

4,000 Hours

The story of a Vickers Viscount upon its introduction into the passenger carrying flight — including how maintenance is carried out until the aircraft undergoes complete overhaul after having ... More »

The High-Tension Line Mounters

The beauty of human effort as men ride the wires, sweeping along the skylines to the horizon. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director