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CANTATA

Hungary, 1963 (MIFF 1975, Miklós Jancsó Retrospective)

Director: Miklós Jancsó

A young surgeon feels his life has come to an impasse. The deeply humane feelings of an elder colleague make apparent to him the emptiness of his own existence. He recognizes that his concern for humanity is a sham. So, he ponders on the reasons that made him strive to become a doctor, and turn from a poor peasant's son into a selfish and rigid personality.

Dr Jarom's path to the university and then to different clinics has been smooth and untroubled. All doors were opened to him, and he took full advantage of the possibilities for advancement. Yet, he realizes that for the sake of his career he refused to face any problems or simply passed them by without noticing they existed. So he remained silent when his girl-friend was unjustly expelled from the university, and immersed himself in his studies. His past weighs upon the present, and he withdraws from the society that has welcomed him and made possible his successful career. His friends no longer satisfy him, and the intellectual discussions on art and the problems of life that he once enjoyed now seem to him empty. As his self-confidence disappears, he begins to learn the meaning of responsibility.

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THE CONFRONTATION

In The Controntation, Jancsd again deals with social and political problems of Hungarian history and revolution. The film is set in 1947, and the characters are the students in the people's colleges ... More »

MY WAY HOME

This film was made by Miklds Jancso in 1964. before his early masterpiece, The Round-up; and he has said that My Way Home is autobiographical in feeling, if not in fact. It is set in the spring of ... More »

SILENCE AND CRY

This film completes a trilogy from Miklds Jancso that began with The Round-up and The Red and the White, it is set in 1919, a disturbing period after the fall of the Hungarian Republic of Councils ... More »

ELEKTREIA

Elektreia is based on a play by Laszlo Gyurko that has been playing continuously in Budapest for the past five years. It is adapted from the Greek original, and Jancsd has freely changed the ... More »

RED PSALM

Agricultural labourers and peasants in Hungary have gone on strike sometime during the 1890's. They are opposed, with increasing violence, by the military. The labourers, who are fighting for their ... More »

THE ROUND-UP

The action of the film takes place in the years after the collapse of the 1848 Revolution against the Hapsburgs. Its anti-heroes are a group of impoverished Hungarian peasants who, after defeat ... More »

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