Károly Makk – Szerelem AKA Love [+Extras] (1971)

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Plot Synopsis from AMG by Clarke Fountain

This tender black-and-white Hungarian drama takes place in the ’50s. A woman’s (Mari Torcsik) husband has been arrested by the Hungarian secret police and imprisoned as a dissident. The young wife lives with her mother-in-law (Lili Darvas), a sweet and magnetic woman, appears to believe that her son has emigrated to America. Unable to do anything about her husband’s imprisonment, the daughter-in-law keeps the old woman’s good cheer alive by concocting a series of letters from her husband, wherein he does incredible and wonderful things. The two of them share the older lady’s memories of a gentler time. When the husband is finally released, his mother has already passed away, but the love he and his wife share is shown. The role of the mother-in-law was played, at the request of the director, by octogenarian Lili Darvas, the wife of the famous Hungarian playwright and novelist Ferenc Molnar (1878-1952). Continue reading

Károly Makk – Egymásra nézve AKA Another Way (1982)

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Based on a popular, partly autobiographical novel, Another Way traces the developing relationship between Eva, a sparrowlike but determinedly uncompromising journalist from the provinces who is overtly lesbian, and Livia, a beautiful, restless fellow journalist unhappily married to an army officer.

Director Karoly Makk’s considerable achievement here is his interweaving of two controversial themes–lesbianism and political repression–into the historic context of the still-sensitive period following the 1956 Hungarian uprising. Another Way skillfully treats the lesbian affair as a mirror for a wider discussion of public and private freedom. Continue reading