Hungarian Humor - series of Hungarian comedies from the 50’s to today

September 24, 2012 - 18:00 - September 28, 2012 - 19:30
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Hungarian Humor - series of Hungarian comedies from the 50’s to today

Hungarian Humor

series of Hungarian comedies from the 50’s to today


with English subtitles

During the week we would like to welcome you in Hungary by giving you a brief, yet meaningful insight into different decades, eras, various social “classes”, generations and characters of Hungary. After the week you might get a clue if there is such a thing like “Hungarian sense of humor”.

September 24, Monday, 6 p.m.
The Witness (A tanú)
(directed by Péter Bacsó, 1969, 105 min)
Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native land. Known as the best satire about communism, 'The Witness' has become a cult classic, which was also well received by critics and general audiences alike when it was finally released outside of Hungary. Its candid and realistic portrayal of the incompetent communist regime has earned great acclaim for both the director and the film itself when it was shown at Cannes Film Festival in 1981.

September 25, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
The Train-Stop Comes Alive (Indul a Bakterház)
(directed by Sándor Mihályfy, 1980, 66 min)
Life is tough on the countryside. Bendegúz Regős, a naughty, die-hard kid
could talk for hours in confirmation. He was still just a teenager and people
considered him on many ways to be a genius, but also that he should have been hanged when he was just a new-born baby. When his mother sends him to work at the Train-Stop, the boy suffers because of the greedy horse seller, the lazy train-stop manager, the envious peasant, and above all, because of the Stinky Old Hag.

September 26, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Pretty Baby (Csinibaba)

(directed by Péter Tímár, 1997, 100 min)
Lovely musical parody with a delicate sense of humour of the communist Kádár era in Hungary. The film is full of references to the period, to its patterns of thinking, to its propaganda. The songs are also from this period - this gives "Csinibaba" (Pretty Baby, also a song title) a nostalgic touch, but tinted with irony at the same time: now we can laugh about this era - at last! This probably explains the huge success of this film in Hungary. The backdrop of the plot - the Ki mit tud? (Who knows/is able to do what?) talent search show - of 1962 really did take place.

September 27, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Just Sex and Nothing Else (Csak szex és más semmi)

(directed by Krisztina Goda, 2005, 93 min)
The attractive, 32-year old and single Dora edits scripts for plays and is working on "Dangerous Liaisons." One day when her lover shoves her, half-naked, out on a balcony at the sudden appearance of the wife that Dora didn't know he had, Dora is rescued by a handsome man named Tamas! She later finds out that Tamas is the star of her play who is much pursued by the ladies. Dora can't trust that Tamas is anything more than a Don Juan when he shows interest in her and, longing to have a baby but not finding the right man, she places a personals ad asking for "just sex and nothing else" with the idea of getting pregnant and having a baby on her own.

September 28, Friday, 6 p.m.
Nyócker! (The District)

(directed by Áron Gauder, 2004, 90 min)
In a Budapest ghetto, Richie, a young gypsy in love with Julia, daughter of the local Hungarian pimp, wants to put an end to the old family feuds. But there's only one way to do it: money! For that, Richie goes back in time to eradicate mammoths and turn them into oil he'll be able to sell later.