Category Archives: Hungary

A film review: Így jöttem [1965 Hungary]

In his third feature, noted Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó presents a war-themed drama in the film “Így jöttem” [Eng. Title: My Way Home]. Considered by many as a masterpiece, it is a detached observation made with great detail but … Continue reading

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Re-educating the aristocracy: “Te rongyos élet” [1984 Hungary]

Péter Bacsó’s comedy drama “Te rongyos élet” [Eng. Title: Oh, Bloody Life!] casts a critical eye on the exploitation-in-kind, of aristocrats and the rich elite in Stalinist Hungary during the early fifties – many of them were forcibly evicted … Continue reading

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A colourful socialist mural: “Még kér a nép” [1972, Hungary]

Miklós Jancsó was among the few gifted Eastern European directors to ever gain fame and recognition on the other side of the iron curtain. His best works unfortunately came about during the height of the Cold War, where … Continue reading

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Dealing with mistrust: “Bizalom” [1980 Hungary]

István Szabó announced his filmmaking genius to a wider world with the emotionally intense and atmospheric wartime drama “Bizalom” [Eng. Title: Confidence]. The title in this instance refers to ‘trust’, as in confiding in someone. The film was the … Continue reading

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Sexual repression and defiance in post-revolution Hungary – Egymásra nézve [1982]

Among Eastern European directors, Hungarian Károly Makk has been a favourite in western film festivals over the years, for his elegantly subdued direction, and the haunting atmospheric images that he uses to reflect the politics and circumstances of his … Continue reading

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