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- DescriptionIstvan Szabo is one of Hungary's most celebrated and best-kwn film directors, and the only Hungarian to have won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, for Mephisto (1981). In a career spanning over five decades Szabo has relentlessly examined the place of the individual in European history, particularly those caught up in the turbulent events of Central Europe and his own native Hungary. His protagonists struggle to find a place for themselves, some meaning in their lives, security and a sense of being, against a background of two world wars (Colonel Redl, Confidence), the Holocaust (Sunshine), the Hungarian Uprising and the Cold War (Father, 25 Fireman's Street, Taking Sides). This is the first English-language study of all his feature films and uses material from interviews with Szabo and his collaborators. Also included are chapters on his formative years, including his time at the famous Budapest Film Academy and the relationship of the state to the film industry in Hungary.
- Author BiographyJohn Cunningham is the author of Hungarian Cinema: From Coffee House to Multiplex (2005) and many other articles and essays on Eastern European and particularly Hungarian cinema. He is now retired, but most recently taught Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
- Author(s)John Cunningham
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication03/10/2014
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleDirectors' Cuts
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWallflower Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine13 mm
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