Marcell Jankovics – Az ember tragédiája AKA The Tragedy of Man (2011)

“The Tragedy of Man (Hungarian: Az ember tragédiája) written by Imre Madách was first published in 1861. The play is considered one of the major works in Hungarian literature and has earned a place in the national consciousness in that it is not only performed regularly in Hungary today but dialogue from the piece is often quoted and referred to.

Starting with the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, the three main characters; Adam, Eve and Lucifer travels through history, playing their roles, from Ancient Egypt through the nineteenth century, into a distant and uncertain future. In each era the merits of the human race are presented by Adam, who believes in mankind and human achievement. But it is Lucifer, as the role of his servant or confidant, who exposes his dreams as ones built on injustice and misery.
Eve appears often as a temporary restorative for Adams disappointment in the failures of mankind.

What is the purpose of existence?

Unlike Milton’s Paradise Lost where Christian hope offers redemption and promise in this world of suffering and tears, Madach offers no such panacea. Either God is a capricious and cruel deity or one must “hope beyond hope” that God’s purpose for the inhumanity that surrounds us is one that we cannot possibly comprehend.

This 1969 Hungarian production is considered among the finest screen productions of Madach’s works.”

2.25GB | 2h 26m | 757×568 | mkv


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