Skip to main content

25 FIREMAN'S STREET

Hungary, 1973 (MIFF 1987)

Director: István Szabó

25 Fireman's Street tells the tale of a house being demolished and as the house crumbles, a century of Hungarian history unfolds. Szabo sketched his original concept for this intricate film: "One night, an entire household of people has the same dream, and in that night, they love everyone, hate, betray and reconcile themselves. It is this common dream that unites them. although they have always lived in the household. They are in the attic, the cellar; there are layers of people in this house and, on this one night, they come together for a universal dream. The next morning, when they awaken, nobody can be sure that life is the same. Yet they all act as if everything is normal and don't believe that all the others shared their dream."

See also...

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 »

Danube, Fish, Birds

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 ... More »

City Map

The never resting, constantly changing mood of a city. ... Grand Prix, Oberhausen. ... More »

THE AGE OF DAYDREAMING

Istvan Szabo's short film You was shown in the 1964 Melbourne Film Festival and it indicated the arrival of a new talent in Hungarian cinema. Szabó is only 26, and in this, his first feature film ... More »

BUDAPEST TALES

"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 »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director