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The Cinema of István SzabóVisions of Europe$
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John Cunningham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171991

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171991.001.0001

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The Cinema of István Szabó
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John Cunningham

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171991.003.0001

This book focuses on the ouvre of István Szabó, a director who is central to the perception and understanding of Hungarian cinema and its place in the wider world. Szabó is, without doubt, one of the giants of world cinema, an artist who has successfully taken his filmmaking onto the international stage, while retaining a cultural and historical sensibility rooted in the turbulent twentieth-century history of his native Hungary and Central Europe. From the keenly-drawn portraits of life in Hungary, particularly of his beloved Budapest, with films such as Father (Apa) and 25 Fireman's Street, to the much larger canvasses of his so-called Mitteleuropa trilogy, Sunshine or Taking Sides, Szabó has demonstrated time and again the power and vision of a filmmaker immersed in and critically engaged with a particular culture and history but also, crucially, not limited by it. His Academy Award-winning film, Mephisto, is the first of his three films set in early twentieth-century Central Europe.

Keywords:   film, István Szabó, Hungarian cinema, Hungary, Central Europe, Budapest, culture, Mephisto, Sunshine, Taking Sides

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