Hungarian Film History

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Hungarian Film History


Responsibile for the class: Dr. Miklós Sághy; Lecturers: Dr. Izabella Füzi, Dr. Orsolya Milián, Dr. Miklós Sághy

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Course description

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The “Hungarian Film History” offers a brief (and that is why inevitably sketchy) overview the main trends, genres and canons in the Hungarian film from the beginning till the contemporary cinema. The course emphasizes the understanding of the historical, political, cultural, economic and aesthetic contexts that influenced the major developments and tendencies in the Hungarian cinema. The course is structured chronologically and focuses on the main developments and turning points in the Hungarian film history.


Week 1. Introduction and orientation


Week 2. The emergence of the Hungarian visual mass culture: from the fairground to cinema


Week 3. Early Cinema


Week 4. Silent Cinema (Béla Balogh: Lowlands, 1920)


Week 5. Film production and statism in Hungary during the Coalition Period (from 1945 to the middle of 1948) (Géza von Radványi: Somewhere in Europe (Valahol Európában), 1947)


Week 6. Film production and statism in Hungary during the stalinist Rákosi era (Márton Keleti: Singing Makes Life Beautiful/Life Is Beautiful When You Sing (Dalolva szép az élet), 1950)


Week 7. The early forms of auteurism (social criticism, lyrical realism) in the fifties (Zoltán Fábri: Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta), 1956)


Week 8. Hungarian new wave (the 60s) (Miklós Jancsó: Loose and Tie (Oldás és kötés), 1963)


Week 9. Film trends in the 70s (Zoltán Huszárik: Szindbád, 1971)


Week 10. Film trends in the 80s (Péter Gothár: Time Stands Still (Megáll az idő), 1983)


Week 11. After the change of the regime: trends in the 90s (Ferenc Török: Moscow Square, 2001)


Week 12. Contemporary Hungarian Cinema (László Nemes Jeles: Son of Saul (Saul fia), 2015)


Autumn semester of 2018/2019


Requirements to get the grade

Written exam

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