Hungary

Béla Tarr – A Londoni Ferfi aka The Man from London [+Extras] (2007)

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A man whose lonely life at the edge of the sea has become as predictable as the tide witnesses a murder that sends him on an existential journey the likes of which he could never have anticipated in director Béla Tarr’s philosophical drama. Maloin had reached a point in life where he was content to embrace loneliness while turning a blind eye to the inevitable decay that surrounded him. Upon bearing witness to a shocking murder, however, the man who once lived a life of quiet solitude is forced to wrestle with such profound issues as punishment, mortality, and the sin of complicity in a crime he didn’t even commit. Now, despite Maloin’s simple wish to be free and happy, he must journey deep within his inner-self to confront emotions that he never once fathomed in his long yet uneventful existence. Read More »

Béla Tarr – Prologue (2004)

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A short filme, 5 minutes, part of Visions of Europe.
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Zoltán Fábri – Édes Anna (1958)

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This drama by Hungarian New Cinema director Zoltan Fabri is about class exploitation and murder, and is set in 1919. Anna (Mari Torocsik) is a shy and plain young woman who works as a maid in a privileged household. She is essentially a slave without any rights to speak of, and while she is being driven to the extremity of murder because of her brutal and uncaring treatment, the Hungarian communist revolution is building up steam in the background. The microcosm, in this case, is clearly meant to illustrate the impersonal and much larger picture.

This film was nominated to Golden Palm.
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István Szabó – Édes Emma, drága Böbe – vázlatok, aktok aka Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe – Sketches, Nudes (1992)

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Emma has moved to Budapest from the countryside with her good friend Böbe, and both of them have taken jobs as schoolteachers. However, their wages are pitifully small, and all they can afford in the way of housing is a shared room in a boarding house near the airport. The two women have settled into their lives, but it isn’t easy: Emma’s sexual affair with the school’s married principal is not emotionally satisfying, and Böbe’s penchant for picking up foreigners and bringing them back to their room for sex creates unpleasant situations, to say the least. At school, it used to be clear what the quickest route to success was, but now that the “communists” are no longer in power, a lot of the senior people are floundering in uncertainty. Eventually, Emma gains the courage to strike out on her own. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide Read More »

István Szabó – Álmodozások kora AKA Age of Illusions (1964)

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The Hungarian Age of Illusions was the first feature-film effort by writer/director István Szabó. Andras Balint plays an electrical engineer who hops from bed to bed, never making any lasting commitment with any one woman. All this changes when he falls in love with a local celebrity whom he sees on television (Ilona Beres). Trouble is, he’s never met her; like her other fans, he can assess her only by what he witnesses on the small screen. When he finally does touch base with the girl, he’s in for a few surprises-some pleasant, many others not so. Completed in 1965, Age of Illusions was not given widespread distribution until 1967. Read More »

Malcolm J. Thomson – David Bowie – Love You Till Tuesday (1969)

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Love You till Tuesday was a promotional film designed to showcase the talents of David Bowie, made in 1969. The film was the latest attempt by his manager, Kenneth Pitt, to bring Bowie to a wider audience. Pitt had undertaken the film after a suggestion by Gunther Schnedier, producer of German TV show ‘4-3-2-1 Musik Für Junge Leute’ for the ZDF network. Read More »

Víg Mihály – Filmzenek (Music From The Films Of Béla Tarr) (2001)

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1. Föcim (Track 1-6: Öszi Almanach) 1:13
2. Lukin 1:37
3. Õskígyó 1:27
4. Lengyelország 1:42
5. Pajesz 2:00
6. Synth 1:46
7. Csille (Track 7-13: Kárhozat) 1:33
8. Kész Az Egész 8:18
9. Esõ I. 4:24
10. R and R 4:47
11. Lassú Tánc 5:05
12. Körtánc I. 5:38
13. Vonósnégyes 1:44
14. Harang I. (Track 14-20: Sátántangó) 2:47
15. Esõ II. 1:40
16. Halics 3:46
17. Szabad Egy Tangót 3:04
18. Körtánc II. 5:23
19. Pityi 0:13
20. Harang II. 1:33
21. Valuska (Track 21-22: Werckmeister Harmóniák) 4:14
22. Öreg 10:00
1:13:54
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