The Cinema of Istv‡n Sz‡bo

The Cinema of Istv‡n Sz‡bo

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IstvAin SzabA³ is one of Hungarya€™s most celebrated and best-known 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 SzabA³ 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 Firemana€™s Street, Taking Sides). This is the first English-language study of all his feature films and uses material from interviews with SzabA³ 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.ZoltAin Dragon has more recently added to this body of literature with the translation of his work The Spectral Body: Aspects of the Cinematic Oeuvre of IstvAin ... FYBNJOFT GPVS AlMNT Father, Lovefilm (Szerelmesfilm), Mephisto and Sunshine, from a Lacanian-psychoanalytical perspective (which I must confess I do not share, although reading Dragona#39;s work has proved stimulating and SFXBSEJOHanbsp;...

Title:The Cinema of Istv‡n Sz‡bo
Author:John Cunningham
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2014-08-26


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