Hungarian Film

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Hungarian Film


Tóthné Péter Nóra

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Petőfi Building, room 7, 4th floor



Course description

Short description

The aim of the course is to give students an insight into the world of Hungarian films. The course will focus on Hungarian film-making, introducing students into the brief history of Hungarian film from the very early days up to the present. Main topics to be discussed: the early history of Hungarian film; the age of Stalinism and ’goulash communism’ on film; after the changing of the system in 1989. The course includes the viewing and discussing of 14 Hungarian films, made between 1947 and the present.

As an integrated part of the course a film club will be run each week, where students will get a chance to watch the films discussed in class (see list below). All movies have English subtitles, no knowledge of Hungarian is required.

Students of the course have to make a presentation on a chosen topic.


1. Somewhere in Europe (dir. Géza Radványi, 1947)

2. Merry-go-round (dir. Zoltán Fábri, 1955)

3. The Witness (dir. Péter Bacsó, 1969)

4. Love, Mother (dir. János Rózsa, 1986)

5. Children of Glory (dir. Krisztina Goda, 2006)

6. The Fly (dir. by Ferenc Rofusz, 1980)

7. Sunshine (dir. István Szabó, 1999)

8. Control (dir. Nimród Antal, 2003)

9. Just Sex and Nothing Else (dir. Krisztina Goda, 2005)

10. White God (dir. Kornél Mundruczó, 2014)

11. Son of Saul (dir. László Nemes Jeles, 2015)

12. Sing (dir. by Kristóf Deák, 2016)

13. Bet on Revenge (dir. Gábor Herendi, 2017)

14. On Body and Soul (dir. Ildikó Enyedi, 2017)


2018 Fall semester


Requirements to get the grade


Active class participation 20%

Presentation 30%

Final test 50%

Reading list

Balogh-Fazekas-Báthory (ed.) 1999. Hungarian Film / A Short History from the Beginning until Today. Budapest: Hungarian Film Institute.

(+Lecture notes, powerpoint presentations)

Suggested reading list

Cunningham, John. 2004. Hungarian Cinema from Coffe House to Multiplex. London & New York: Wallflower Press.