As part of a programme to digitalise and restore movies that count as classics in Hungary, became cult movies, are the favourite of the audience or have never been shown before. One hundred films by 54 directors are on the list, providing 4200 minutes of enjoyment – reports Filmarchiv.
The oldest movie is all the way from 1912 while the most recent is from 1998.
Animated movies, documentaries and feature films all made it to the list, so anyone can find something they like.
The life achievements of Zoltán Fábri got restored, so lesser-known, unique pieces like The Brute and Ants’ Nest are now available to watch. You can also watch Pál Zolnay’s groundbreaking movies directed to Sebő’s music, such as Photography, or sit through the tension-filled drama, Passion, by György Fehér. Besides legendary films such as The Wind Whistles Under Their Feet, Meteo and Cha-Cha-Cha,
evergreen comedies such as Hyppolit the Butler or We Never Die will also be available for fans and newcomers alike.
Numerous animated movies are now also available, with films aimed at various age groups. Apart from classics like Marcell Jankovics’s Yellow Submarine-inspired John the Valiant (a.k.a. Johnny Corncob) or György Kovásznai’s grotesque Bubble Bath, you can watch short films from world-renowned Hungarian filmmakers, too. Movies by Attila Dargay and Gyula Macskássy are a real treat.
Director György Ráduly said:
At the Hungarian National Film Archive (a 60 year old institution) we are working on the preservation and the restoration of the Hungarian film heritage, since 2017 as a division of the Film Fund (Magyar Nemzeti Filmalap). This action is due to the Hungarian Film Fund’s 10 years film digitization and restoration program executed by the Hungarian National Film Archive.
Movies that are available with English subtitles (click on the titles to reach the links):
The Three-Hundred-Year-Old Man, the reconstruction of a 1914 silent movie
The Boys of Paul Street, directed by Zoltán Fábri in 1968
The Pagan Madonna, directed by Gyula Mészáros in 1980
My 20th Century, directed by Ildikó Enyedi in 1988
Cha-Cha-Cha, directed by János Kovács in 1981
Circus Maximus, directed by Géza Radványi in 1980
The Brute, directed by Zoltán Fábri in 1960
People on the Alps, directed by István Szőts in 1941
A Song about the Wheatfields, directed by István Szőts in 1947
Photography, directed by Pál Zolnay in 1972
Ants’ Nest, directed by Zoltán Fábri in 1971
Hyppolit the Butler, directed by István Székely in 1931
Meteo, directed by András Monory Mész in 1990
We Never Die, directed by Róbert Koltai in 1992
Passion, directed by György Fehér in 1998
The Wind Whistles Under Their Feet, directed by György Szomjas in 1976
The Resolution, directed by Gyula Gazdag and Judit Ember in 1972
Pócspetri, directed by Judit Ember in 1983
Bubble Bath, directed by György Kovásznai in 1979
John the Valiant (a.k.a. Johnny Corncob), directed by Marcell Jankovics in 1973
The Joy of Light, directed by György Kovásznai in 1965
I Like Life A Lot, directed by Kati Macskássy in 1976
Two Peppercorn Steers, directed by Gyula Macskássy in 1954
The Clever Girl, directed by Gyula Macskássy in 1955
Defend Yourself, Little Man, directed by Attila Dargay in 1959
Variations on a Dragon, directed by Attila Dargay in 1967
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