Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky – A londoni férfi AKA The Man from London (2007)

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After 7 years Bela Tarr makes his return with an adaptation of a Georges Simenon’s story. That Tarr has chosen to make an adaptation of a noir novel means that he has chosen to make his own, very unique take on film noir. That in itself has created one of the first rifts that has become evident in the criticism the film has received from fans of Tarr’s previous films. Continue reading Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky – A londoni férfi AKA The Man from London (2007)

Béla Tarr – Sátántangó AKA Satan’s Tango (1994)

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In a small, dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual stand-still. The Autumn rains have started. A few of the villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that evening, and then plan to leave. Some want to abscond earlier with more than their fair share of the money. However they hear that the smooth-talking Irimias, who they thought had died, is returning. They are apprehensive that he will take all their money in one of his grandiose schemes to keep the community going. Continue reading Béla Tarr – Sátántangó AKA Satan’s Tango (1994)

Ildikó Enyedi – Teströl és lélekröl AKA On Body and Soul (2017)

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Two introverted people, both workers at an abattoir, find out by chance that they share the same dream every night. At first, they are puzzled and incredulous, but as they begin to accept this strange coincidence, they try to recreate in broad daylight what happens in their shared subconscious. Continue reading Ildikó Enyedi – Teströl és lélekröl AKA On Body and Soul (2017)

Károly Makk – Macskajáték AKA Cat’s Play (1974)

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Karoly Makk’s contemplative film about two unmarried sisters who cast wistful glances back at their lives, yet still believe in hope and love. Told in the form of an epistolary novel, and utilizing vivid images to convey the character’s innermost thoughts, the film is a serious, stylistically daring, and deeply involving drama. As with Makk’s previous international success, Love, the director exhibits an extraordinary skill at drawing emotionally compelling performances from his talented female leads. In the end, Cat’s Play opposes the bleakness of the outside world with themes of passion, love, and loyalty. Continue reading Károly Makk – Macskajáték AKA Cat’s Play (1974)

András Jeles – Így fog leperegni Aka This Is How It Will Run (1970)

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Interesting crime story about woman-prisoner, incest and murder.. Continue reading András Jeles – Így fog leperegni Aka This Is How It Will Run (1970)

Miklós Jancsó – Szörnyek évadja AKA Season of Monsters (1987)

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Zoltai (Andras Balint) is a Hungarian professor who returns home after a visit to the United States. Following a television interview, he commits suicide and leaves a note for his longtime friend Dr. Bardocz (Gyorgy Cserhalmi).The doctor and Zoltai’s colleague Komindi (Jozsef Madaras) join the police in investigating what drove the man to suicide in this surrealistic drama. Continue reading Miklós Jancsó – Szörnyek évadja AKA Season of Monsters (1987)

Ildikó Enyedi – Az én XX. századom AKA My Twentieth Century [+extra] (1989)

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Dorothy Segda essays three roles in the Hungarian-made My 20th Century. The film begins with the birth of twin girls to a Budapest mother (Dorothy Segda) in 1880. Orphaned early on, the girls are forced to sell matches on the streets until both are adopted by two separate families. Flash forward to 1900: Having lost track of one another, the grown-up twins take separate compartments on the Orient Express. One of the girls (Segda again) has become the pampered mistress of a wealthy man; the other (Segda yet again) is a bomb-wielding anarchist. Director Ildiko Enyedi evidently intended My 20th Century as an allegorical statement concerning the status of women in the modern mechanical age. The experiences of the twins are interspersed with shots of Thomas Edison (Peter Andorai), whom we see at the beginning of the film perfecting his incandescent light bulb on the very day that the sisters are born. The more technological advances made by Edison, the more confused the twins become in establishing their own roles in an advancing civilization. Adroitly avoiding cut-and-dried symbolism, Ildiko Enyedi keeps the audience wondering what she’s up to by including such surrealistic vignettes as a caged chimpanzee recounting the day of his capture! Continue reading Ildikó Enyedi – Az én XX. századom AKA My Twentieth Century [+extra] (1989)