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Hungary, 1980 (MIFF 1980, István Szabó Retrospective, Programme 2)

Director: István Szabó

Szabo's newest Hungarian film is yet to be seen here. However, in a recent interview published in Hungarofilm Bulletin, he explained what he wanted to communicate -

"It was in these past few years that I realized the importance of being able to trust people. I mean to say, you've got to have an atmosphere of trust, in order to be able to live a life fit for human beings - confidence is absolutely necessary for that feeling of security that is vitally important for living. You've got to have confidence in other people and to win other people's confidence. I am sure a whole lot of social ills stems from lack of confidence, from mistrust. Confidence is the fundamental issue, not only of the narrowest personal relationships, but in wider social terms, of the interrelationship between different generations. It's basic to the question of whether historical experience can or cannot be handed down to succeeding generations. I thought, therefore, that I should narrate a story about two people who are frightened of each other, neither believing a word of what the other is saying - and that is bound to reach a point where it becomes more than one can bear. Then, all of a sudden, those two people begin to believe each other. And that, even if it can be realized even for a moment, is a marvellous feeling, tremendous joy. And it's horrible, positively demoralizing, how easily such hard-won confidence can be lost; and once it's been lost, how utterly difficult it is to recover. That is the point I was interested in that story; that is why I chose to make this film.'"

See also...


Hungary, 1970
A romantic, nostalgic film of a young man traversing time and distance to recapture a past love. ... On a train between Budapest and Paris, Jancsi relives through a series of flashbacks the period he… More »


Hungary, 1963
This a love poem to a young girl of Budapest . It discovers the beauty in every movement of the beloved, holds and eternalizes her passing smile, finds her everywhere, follows her moods. ... More »

Danube, Fish, Birds

Hungary, 1971
The river Danube dominates the city of Bupdapest. Istvan Szabo, whose latest film. Love Film, was shown in the 1971 Melbourne Film Festival, creates a little fantasy of elements connected with the ri… More »


Hungary, 1962
Left on the embankment of the Danube, a piano becomes the centre of interest for the lunchtime crowd in Budapest. ... More »

A Dream of a House

Hungary, 1971
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 »

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