Skip to main content

SPIDER FOOTBALL

Hungary, 1977 (MIFF 1978)

Director: János Rózsa

Spider Football satirizes technical education in Hungary. It is set in a newly completed college building where the equipment is entirely modern, but the students achieve consistently low grades.

The devious headmaster attempts to divert attention from the poor standard of teaching by mounting an investigation into an incident in which a student was slapped by one of the teachers. The headmaster finds he is on pretty thin ice, and accuses the students of maintaining a conspiracy of silence in order to conceal the true facts of of the case.

While the investigation proceeds, the teachers agree to the introduction of an educational innovation — spider football — a new game involving physical training en masse, that has been invented by the P.E. teacher. Different teachers take different attitudes to the headmaster's stand, some refusing to go along with it. Their refusal is an implicit critique of a system that breeds subservience, hypocrisy and deceit.

Finally, the announcement of the results of the inquiry coincides with the introduction of the spider football scheme. A victory celebration is arranged, but the nature of the victory is by no means clear...

Prize for Best Actor, Terhan.

See also...

LOVE, MOTHER

János Rózsa's new film a modern tragi-comedy about strained family relations, ... whose meaning is universal. The first part, ... and probably the best, is an ingenious kaleidoscope tracing the ... More »

A Piacere - A You Like It

Zoltan Huszarik visited cemetries and other memorials in many countries, trying to get behind the meaning of death - which remains an incomprehensible phenomenon, even if it is accepted as fact. ... More »

A Piacere

The Director, Zoltan Huszarik (Sinbad), visited cemeteries in numerous countries in his attempt to show human beings' craving to create 'imperishable marks', to leave behind some 'trace that would ... More »

HUNGARIANS

The film is constructed in five movements, following the seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and another Winter. The story is set in 1942-43. ... A group of villagers are offered a one year ... More »

Church of the Holy Trinity

The church of the West Hungarian town of Velemer was built at the beginning of the 14th Century, and was decorated by frescoes. Some of these still survive, and the film gives, without narration, an ... More »

Csontváry

Tivadar Csontvary Kosztka (1853-1919), a highly individual Hungarian artist, took up painting at the age of 41. He developed an individual style and a personal symbolism that became appreciated only ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director