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THE AGE OF DAYDREAMING

Hungary, (MIFF 1980, István Szabó Retrospective)

Director: István Szabó

"His first feature film was The Age of Daydreaming in 1964, a story of his own generation and their discontent. It is burdened with French Nouvelle Vague influence to the point of cinema-manque rather than -verite. Andras Balint plays himself - or rather the self-image of Szabo - as a young man whose desire to travel, need for friends, difficulties with the opposite sex, etc. are very reminiscent of the teamwork of Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Leaud ... it establishes some of the recurring themes and imagery of Szabo's later films - image of the missing father, role of the inspirational woman who remains a dream, dreams themselves trying to realise themselves, persecution, the social role of the doctor, Hungarians going into and remaining in exile."

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BUDAPEST TALES

Hungary, 1976
"The next two films are free of lead actors and are about constellations within the group. In 25 Fireman's Street, the house is the star; in Budapest Tales, the trolley car. 25 Fireman's Street tells… More »

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