kenji wrote:Thanks a lot for that- Cats Play is not one i'd heard much about. Makk’s Love is a beautifully made film, picked by the excellent British critic Derek Malcolm in his book of 100 favourites. Another Way was fine. I also thought My Way Home and The Red and the White by Jancso were excellent, the sense of space, the landscapes and smooth roving camera; the latter captures the swaying fortunes of battle, a sense of individuals caught up in larger events not always in their control. I’d still like to see Red Psalm. Szabo’s Mephisto (1981), a German co-production won the Foreign Film Oscar; about an actor (Brandauer) who sells his soul to the Nazis and then comes repayment time.
I’ve heard very good things of Witness (Bacso) and its apparently Svejk-like character appeals- parts of the Good Soldier Svejk (Czech) book were hysterical.
From this decade Mundruczo’s Johanna was interesting, a sort of operatic Joan of Arc in a hospital- she’s an angel for the patients, who are understandably happy that she’ll sleep with them to assist their cures. I'd like to see his film Delta which the International Critics' prize at Cannes i think
Tavaszi Zapor/Spring Showers by Fejos is an early classic from 1932 i fancy seeing; it was picked in the BFI’s 360 classics. Hollering’s Hortobagy is a notbale mix of documentary/fiction mix from 1936, about the way of life, animals and music, especially the horsemen and their noble steeds, of the countryside at the time.
Ok, i’ll say a bit on some shorts on youtube- Hadarics Gabor’s “Connections”, one of several shorts from Gyor, may appeal to lovers of the US avant-garde and home-made amateurish vids, but it’s distinctive and strange, reminded a bit of Tarkovsky’s Stalker (mainly the music). Then there’s the 1980 Oscar-winning short animation by Rofusz, The Fly- well worth catching (or is that swatting?), as is Ivanyi's 1996 Cannes -winning Wind (Szel)
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