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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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25, FIREMAN’S STREET

This film, by Hungarian director Istvan Szabo, won the major prize at the 1974 Locarno festival. As the title might indicate, the film deals with the inhabitants of an apartment building in Budapest ... More »

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A Dream of a House

Another short film by Istvan Szabo (see Danube, Fish, Birds), in which the sight of an old house brings forth a rush of memories. ... More »

FATHER

The story of a little boy whose father dies on the last day of the War. The lonely and timid child needs a prop and finds support in creating a myth about his father's memory, inventing images of a ... More »

Concert

Left on the embankment of the Danube, a piano becomes the centre of interest for the lunchtime crowd in Budapest. ... More »

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