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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 Controversy Surrounding the Events of 1957 and After

The Controversy Surrounding the Events of 1957 and After

(p.130) Chapter Ten The Controversy Surrounding the Events of 1957 and After
The Cinema of István Szabó

John Cunningham

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the controversy involving Hungarian director István Szabó, who was accused of being an informant of the Communist regime's secret police in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In its January 26, 2006 edition, the weekly magazine Life and Literature published an article claiming that Szabó had been a spy. According to author András Gervai, Szabó wrote forty-eight reports which named seventy-two people, mainly his fellow students and staff at the Budapest Academy of Drama and Film and included others such as Márta Mészáros, Hungary's best-known female director. The timing of the revelations may have been fortuitous, but they occurred only five days before the start of the 2006 Hungarian Film Week, the country's major showcase film event where Szabó's latest film, Relatives, would receive its Hungarian premiere. Interviewed by Népszabadság the following day, Szabó defended his actions.

Keywords:   spy, informant, István Szabó, secret police, Life and Literature, András Gervai, Márta Mészáros, Hungary, Hungarian Film Week

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