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Three generations of a family pursue their own peculiar desires in György Pálfi's Taxidermia, a film that revels in the crude physicality of human condition. Following a Hungarian family line down three generations, the story starts with Vendel, a hair-lipped orderly working in an isolated ... Read more
During the last thirty years, the life of the Hungarian peasantry underwent many changes: From the times of unemployment to the land distribution in 1945, and then, the organisation of the collective farms. ... Embedded in the depiction of the historical events is the story of a friendship between ... Read more
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, he takes a wistful look at a group of youths and their coming of age, in a Communist society. The ... Read more
"His first feature film was The Age of Daydreaming in 1964, a story of his own generation and their discontent. It is burdened with French Nouvelle Vague influence to the point of cinema-manque rather than -verite. Andras Balint plays himself - or rather the self-image of Szabo - as a young man ... Read more
Protagonists of the film are two mice who are engaged in complicated scientific debate and keep arguing until they are unceremoniously swallowed by a cat. All things are relative. ... Read more
The film presents the two most well-known paintings, "The Lonely Cedar" and "Pilgrimage to the Cedar Tree" by the famous Hungarian painter, Csontváry. ... Read more
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. These institutions have been set up to assist the studies of young people who would never have ... Read more
Sensing the approach of autumn, the fly takes shelter in a house hoping for safety we see the surroundings through the eyes of the fly. ... Read more
Shot in black and white, set in Badacsony, where volcanic rocks overlook the waters of Lake Balaton, this is the story of simple people of wild ungovernable passions. Coming home from a prisoner-of-war camp, Ferenc finds in his hut - in place of his lovely wife who has died in his absence - her ... Read more
It is Budapest in the early thirties. A strange, solitary young man, Istvan Peterssen, living in one of the older suburbs, is without work. He wants no concessions from life, and will not accept alms. The situation is transformed by Vera, a pretty girl who dreams of becoming a dancer. They fall in ... Read more
An interesting nature study film showing how the importation of mongooses to an island in the Adriatic cleared it of a plague of poisonous snakes. ... Read more
An old lady repeatedly interrupts and corrects a scientist delivering a serious lecture to an otherwise attentive and silent audience. When she was a little girl she had visited the country described by the lecturer. with her father. She can remember tt all clearly. ln fact, she lives so ... Read more
The film is set in Hungary in the slums of Pest in pre World War I, at a time when the power of the Austrian empire was already in decline, and the revolutionary movement which was to culminate in Bela Kun wis already operating under cover. ... "The Land of the Angels" is a slum district where the ... Read more
This study of smiths attending steeam hammers revolves around a parallel between their work and recreation. ... Read more
An animated film about bull-fighting, in which the animated hand — representing the torero — is seen 'controlling' the paper, cut-out bull. ... Read more
The film tells of a hydro-engineer who is sent to the waste sands of the barren Hungarian puszta to investigate water resources for irrigating the land. He is disillusioned with all the Government hindrance he has encountered in the past, and does not enthuse over his job. However he develops a ... Read more
The pencil and the rubber began to quarrel and the more they quarrelled the smaller they became. A prize-winnmg cartoon. ... Read more
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, continued their isolated guerilla warfare. They became legendary characters: for a century, songs ... Read more
A man-shaped ape (or ape-shaped man?) bullies all living beings he encounters, until he meets his match. ... Read more
A stone is a stone is a stone. ... Read more
"It's a shame to think of this heroically uncompromising director shutting up shop, but if he does, The Turin Horse is a magnificent farewell." - Screen International ... On 3 January 1889, Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse in the Italian city of Turin. Moved to pity, the ... Read more
Marta Meszaros, in her latest work, takes up themes from her earlier films, Adoption and Nine Months. The story involves a relationship between two women, Mari and Juli. For twenty years Mari has been living with her husband Feri, a shop foreman who is about to be sent overseas on business. ... Read more
The elliptical/emblematic/symbolic films of Miklos Jancso have always exerted a fascination for festival-goers. His latest film again employs the techniques he has developed — elaborately stylized drama, long tracking shots and the ... representation of myth and Hungarian history, often ... Read more
The gravest decisions of life and death may be affected by the smallest, everyday occurrences. ... Read more
Puncturing many preconceptions, the film throws a light and sardonic glance at the role of women in modern life. ... Read more
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