Tag Archives: Hungarian

Agitátorok / The Agitators (1971) Dezsö Magyar

Agitatorok (1971)
After the World War I, enthusiastic young people found the intellectual group of Hungarian Communist Party. Their aim is to propagate the communist ideology to the people and get the workers on their side. They have fierce discussions on the new ideas, though their movement is not very successful. They clash with their opposition, attempt to lead people to the Red Army, but without success.

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Tréfa / Prank (2009) Péter Gárdos

Trefa (2009)
It is 1912 and war looms on the horizon. The school year begins in a boarding school run by priests. Zoltán’s father, is one of the masters and struggling with questions that challenge their faith, while waiting for news of his brother, Titanic passenger, and is a particularly problematic group of new students, many of whom have been fond increasingly heavy play each other jokes. The arrival of Father Weigl, hired to teach physical education and decided to act when it sees pranks have gone too far, will bring alarming consequences.

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Csend és kiáltás / Silence and Cry (1968) Miklós Jancsó

Csend es kialtas (1968)
Miklós Jancsó’s Silence and Cry is set during a turbulent era of disquiet, fear, persecution and terror, which permeates every corner of post-WWI Hungarian society. In 1919, after just a few months of communist rule the Hungarian Republic of Councils falls victim to a nationalist counter-revolution. Admiral Horthy, leader of the nationalist far right movement, becomes the self-proclaimed regent of Hungary, and assumes power as the legal Head of State. Soldiers of the short-lived Hungarian Red Army are now on the run from relentless secret policemen and patrol units of the nationalist Royal Gendarme. If caught, ex-Red Army soldiers are executed without mercy or proper trial. István Cserzi, a former soldier of the Red Army has fled to the Great Hungarian Plains and has taken refuge on a farm, which is run by two sympathetic women.

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Tüzoltó utca 25. / 25 Fireman’s Street (1973) István Szabó, Lucyna Winnicka, Margit Makay, Károly Kovács, Drama, History, Romance, Erotic

Tuzolto utca 25 (1973)
On one hot summer night, the residents of a Hungarian apartment house slated for demolition restlessly revisit their haunted pasts as they face an uncertain future. In a gently turning kaleidoscope of dream imagery, regret-laden nostalgia and painstakingly intimate detail, the looming wrecking ball pales in significance to the accumulated experiences each dreamer revisits. Pre-war prejudice, occupying Nazis and Stalinist deprivations all come and go as each tenant’s backward glance yields moments of aching sensuality, infectious exuberance and catastrophic loss.

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Macskajáték / Cat’s Play (1974) Károly Makk, Margit Dajka, Ildikó Piros, Elma Bulla, Drama, Music

Macskajatek (1974)
Karoly Makk’s heartbreaking story of two unmarried sisters who cast wistful glances back at their lives, but still believe in hope and love, earned an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1974. In this follow-up to the director’s internationally acclaimed Love, Makk once again exhibits his extraordinary skills at drawing emotionally compelling performances from his talented female leads. Makk’s film opposes the bleakness of the outside world with passion, love, and loyalty.

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Les ripoux / My New Partner (1984) Claude Zidi, Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Régine, Comedy, Crime

Les ripoux (1984)
Rene is a “ripou”, a rotten cop who makes ends meet by accepting bribes, presents and free drinks from the people he should be putting in jail. When his partner retires, he must team up with Francois, a young police school graduate with a righteous attitude. He is hard to break and Rene has to trick him. He introduces Francois to a charming girl and forgets to mention she’s a prostitute. Now Rene has something against Francois he can use in case his partner should want to reveal Rene’s little commerce with the underworld. The partners ultimately become friends, get one another out of a tough situation, and manage to gather enough money to buy Rene his lifelong dream: a small café near the horse tracks.

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Katyi (1942) Ákos Ráthonyi

Katyi (1942)
Kató Varga (Klári Tolnay) is unable to play its part in front of the Admissions Committee of the School of Dramatic Art. Geszty (Tivadar Bilicsi), severe President of the Commission maintains that she has no talent for acting and mercilessly tells you will never be an actress. Kató prepares to take revenge and under the false name of Katyi Csiba, dressed as a peasant village, obtains admission to the house Geszty. Turning everything upside down, she makes your life hell.

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