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Films By István Szabó

"The next two films are free of lead actors and are about constellations within the group. In 25 Fireman's Street, the house is the star; in Budapest Tales, the trolley car. 25 Fireman's Street tells the tale of a house being demolished and as the house crumbles, a century of Hungarian history ... Read more
25 Fireman's Street tells the tale of a house being demolished and as the house crumbles, a century of Hungarian history unfolds. Szabo sketched his original concept for this intricate film: "One night, an entire household of people has the same dream, and in that night, they love everyone, hate ... Read more
This film, by Hungarian director Istvan Szabo, won the major prize at the 1974 Locarno festival. As the title might indicate, the film deals with the inhabitants of an apartment building in Budapest. The neighbourhood has been condemned, and the sounds of demolition disrupt the inhabitants' ... Read more
Another short film by Istvan Szabo (see Danube, Fish, Birds), in which the sight of an old house brings forth a rush of memories. ... Read more
"The next two films are free of lead actors and are about constellations within the group. In 25 Fireman's Street, the house is the star; in Budapest Tales, the trolley car. 25 Fireman's Street tells the tale of a house being demolished and as the house crumbles, a century of Hungarian history ... Read more
A small group of homeless people in post-war Hungary are trying to reach Budapest on foot, when they come across an abandoned tram car After sheltering in the car during the night one of them notices rails running along a levee bank towards the city They decide to drag the car to the rails and push ... Read more
The never resting, constantly changing mood of a city. ... Grand Prix, Oberhausen. ... Read more
Left on the embankment of the Danube, a piano becomes the centre of interest for the lunchtime crowd in Budapest. ... Read more
Szabo's newest Hungarian film is yet to be seen here. However, in a recent interview published in Hungarofilm Bulletin, he explained what he wanted to communicate - ... "It was in these past few years that I realized the importance of being able to trust people. I mean to say, you've got to have an ... Read more
The river Danube dominates the city of Bupdapest. Istvan Szabo, whose latest film. Love Film, was shown in the 1971 Melbourne Film Festival, creates a little fantasy of elements connected with the river -: the water, the fish and the birds. ... Read more
The story of a little boy whose father dies on the last day of the War. The lonely and timid child needs a prop and finds support in creating a myth about his father's memory, inventing images of a partisan hero, a great surgeon, a political leader, while his father's former possessions acquire the ... Read more
"In 1966 he made Father about a boy's search for his dead father. A warm, tolerant humour is immediately visible in this film which developed into a gentle irony over Szabo's next ten years (a humour hard to read between the subtitles) ... The psychological detail of Tako's obsessive search doesn't ... Read more
A romantic, nostalgic film of a young man traversing time and distance to recapture a past love. ... On a train between Budapest and Paris, Jancsi relives through a series of flashbacks the period he spent with Kata, the girl whom he is travelling to meet. The memories come flooding back. Memories ... Read more
"Szabo's concern for history could not be considered a political in the sense of providing a political perspective on Hungary. What he does show is how historical events and social convulsions affect individuals and how, in turn, his story is the abstraction of the repetitive individual stories ... Read more
A charming short portrait of everyday life in Budapest filmed by the director with his friends. ... Read more
István Szabó's short film about one of his favourite parts of his native Budapest complements his other short "City Map". ... Read more
Istvan Szabo's short film You was shown in the 1964 Melbourne Film Festival and it indicated the arrival of a new talent in Hungarian cinema. Szabó is only 26, and in this, his first feature film, he takes a wistful look at a group of youths and their coming of age, in a Communist society. The ... Read more
"His first feature film was The Age of Daydreaming in 1964, a story of his own generation and their discontent. It is burdened with French Nouvelle Vague influence to the point of cinema-manque rather than -verite. Andras Balint plays himself - or rather the self-image of Szabo - as a young man ... Read more
This a love poem to a young girl of Budapest . It discovers the beauty in every movement of the beloved, holds and eternalizes her passing smile, finds her everywhere, follows her moods. ... Read more
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