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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."

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A Dream of a House

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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 »

FATHER

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Square

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City Map

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

LOVEFILM

"Szabo's concern for history could not be considered a political in the sense of providing a political perspective on Hungary. What he does show is how historical events and social convulsions affect ... More »

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