Tag Archives: Hungarian

János Xantus – Eszkimó asszony fázik AKA Eskimo Woman Feel Cold (1984)

Eskimo Woman Feel Cold is the debut feature film of director János Xantus. It won best newcomer director and best male actor awards on the Magyar Filmszemle, Hungary’s national film awards and many other international awards.

The film is about a piano player who falls in love with Mari, a beautiful blond woman, who happens to be the wife of a deaf-mute animal caretaker. Both men adore Mari, as she loves both of them. Albeit all of them know this way won’t stand. Read More »

Márta Mészáros – Kilenc hónap AKA Nine Months (1976)

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A village-girl (Juli Kovács) arrives in the city to work in a factory. The work manager (János Bodnár) sets his eye on her, but at first the girl refuses his advance. Read More »

Miklós Jancsó – Égi bárány AKA Agnus Dei (1971)

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Alegory of the suppression of the 1919 revolution and the advent of fascism in Hungary; in the countryside, a unit of the revolutionary army spares the life of father Vargha, a fanatical priest. He comes back and leads massacres. A new force, represented by Feher, apparently avanges the people, but only to impose a different, more refined and effective kind of repression. Written by Francisco Baez Read More »

Benedek Fliegauf – Rengeteg AKA Forest (2003)

Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf makes his feature-length debut with Rengeteg (Forest). Shot on digital video, the episodic film is composed of a series of seven different intimate parts bookended by footage of the same people in a large public space. These characters aren’t given an introduction, context, or even character names. Cinematographer Zoltan Lovasi shoots the ensemble cast of non-actors exclusively in close-ups, so the larger situation is never made completely clear. Each segment involves a small group of people in some kind of intense and possibly disturbing conversation. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide Read More »

Marcell Jankovics – Fehérlófia (1981)

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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 »

István Szabó – Hanussen (1988)

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Austrian Klaus Schneider, who later comes to be known as Erik Jan Hanussen is wounded during World War I. While recovering in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim (Erland Josephson), the Doctor discovers that Schneider possesses empathic powers. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name and goes to Berlin to perform in halls and theaters as a hypnotist and mind reader. His purported powers bring him to the attention of the Nazis which nurtures his fame and power – as well as his own troubles – to grow. Read More »

Zoltán Fábri – Körhinta AKA Merry-Go-Round (1956)

In a rural scenery in the throes of difficult changes lives a humble but promising young farmer girl called Mari Pataki. Her father forbids her from seeing the man she loves. The father, above all preoccupied by work on the fields and prospective wealth, decides to give his daughter in marriage to an old but rich man with whom he does business. Land marries land, he says. This seems to be the unyielding rule of the Hungarian peasantry. But the young lover is ready to stand up to any challenge to keep Maris love. Read More »