Somewhere in Europe: A History of Hungarian Cinema

This retrospective of Hungarian cinema, produced by Facets Multimedia Center, Magyar Filmunio, the Magyar Filminterzet, and the Hungarian Film Laboratories, runs Friday, July 24, through Thursday, August 6. Screenings will be at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; all screenings in 35-millimeter unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $7, $5 for Facets members. For more information call 773-281-4114.


Somewhere in Europe

A group of male war orphans discover a famous orchestra conductor while looting an abandoned castle in this 1947 feature directed by Geza Radvanyi, described as the first major film of the postwar Hungarian cinema. (7:00)


Zoltan Fabri’s celebrated (if seldom screened) 1955 feature is an atmospheric love story set in the countryside. (9:00)


Professor Hannibal

Zoltan Fabri’s 1956 feature is about the persecution of an academic whose essay about Hannibal and the Punic Wars in a school bulletin is deemed unflattering to the Mussolini regime. (7:00)

The House Under the Rocks

Karoly Makk’s 1958 feature follows a former World War I POW after he returns home from the Soviet Union to a new wife and son, an overcrowded house, and a jealous sister-in-law. (9:00)


Land of Angels

Working-class life on the outskirts of Budapest before World War I is the focus of Gyorgy Revesz’s celebrated 1962 feature. (5:30)

Ten Thousand Suns

This saga, following a peasant family over three decades, was directed in 1967 by Ferenc Kosa. (7:30)



Laszlo Ranody’s 1963 feature is about the plight of a couple trying to marry off their aging daughter and the liberation they experience when she goes off on a trip with some cousins. (7:00)


The first feature of Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Gaal (1963) focuses on the effects of a tragic accident that occurs when a group of young people vacations in a village. (9:00)



Pal Schiffer, best known for his documentaries, directed this 1977 fiction film about Gypsies. (7:00)

Daniel Takes a Train

Pal Sandor’s 1984 feature, adapted by Zsuzsa Toth and Zsuzsa Brio from a short story by Andras Mezei, is set in Budapest during the Russian invasion in 1956. A love story and a thriller, the film describes the experiences of a young man in love whose life is swept up in the political events around him, including the attempts of Hungarian refugees to cross the border into Austria. With Peter Rudolf, Sandor Zsoter, and Kati Szerb. (9:00)


The Lady From Constantinople

An old woman living alone in a large apartment in a crowded Budapest building is pressured by her neighbors and the building manager to exchange her apartment for a smaller one; the idea that the lonely woman doesn’t deserve to have so much space herself is the bitter irony of this elegant 1968 character study. Filled with people during an open house, her apartment lures the covetous, but she still gets the sensation of camaraderie. Deft long takes anchor us in her environment as roving close-ups provide judiciously limited access to a woman who’s more closely connected to her memories than to other people. Directed by Judit Elek and written by Ivan Mandy; with Manyi Kiss. (LA) (7:00)


Melodrama and politics, craftily blended by Hungarian director Karoly Makk (1970). Lili Darvas stars as an old woman sustained by her love for her son, whom she believes to be a rich and famous filmmaker in America but who’s actually a political prisoner in Hungary. (DK) (8:45) To be shown on video.


Cold Days

Andras Kovacs (The Stud Farm), generally regarded as the social conscience of the Jancso generation of Hungarian filmmakers, directed this 1966 feature, about the liquidation of Yugoslav partisans by Hungarian fascists during World War II; the film exemplifies the taste for mildly revisionist politics and history (controversial within state-supported limits) that grew up in Hungary during the 60s, and is usually numbered among the director’s best works. (PG) (7:00) To be shown on video.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Love film still.