Marcell Jankovics

Marcell Jankovics – János vitéz AKA Johnny Corncob (1973)

A traditional Hungarian poetic fairytale that describes the epic adventures of a young shepherd through love, war, magic, and death. Read More »

Marcell Jankovics – Fehérlófia AKA Son of the White Mare (1981)

The history of Hungarian animation begins in 1914 and carries through to the modern day. Starting with short promotional cartoons prior to the two World Wars, Hungarian animation underwent a sporadic and halting development during the turbulent war years which were characterized in large part by the emigration of much of the field’s top talent. This exodus slowed dramatically during the 1950s when the Hungarian Communist Party took power and the Iron Curtain took shape. Read More »

Marcell Jankovics – Ének a csodaszarvasról AKA Song of the Miraculous Hind (2002)

Divided into four sections, “Song” is inspired by the Siberian and Finno-Ugric legends about Creation, in which the world begins with characters who are only half-human, one being half-bird, the other half-bear. Read More »

Miklós Szinetár – Az ember tragédiája AKA The Tragedy of Man (1969)

“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. Read More »